Land Record

Common Errors in Deed Descriptions

If you are abstracting deeds from a Deed Book, several kinds of errors can be expected. The Deed Book contains the clerk's hand copies of the actual deeds or copies of information taken off the surveyor's plat drawing. The copy could easily have several kinds of mistakes.

Mistakes in deed descriptions will make themselves evident when you draw them out. The most common error is that the plot "fails to close", meaning that the last line of the survey does not return to the point of beginning. Generally, faulty deeds have only a single error, so with practice you can learn how to correct the deed description.

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