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Legal Terms in Land Records


12 Jan 2012

We should say at the outset that we are not lawyers, but we have collected here a number of terms that appear in deeds, legal proceedings, and queries in the Usenet genealogy groups. We've done our best to decode their meaning.

The laws relating to land records are often dealt with by common law (law based on custom and judicial precedent rather than laws passed by the government), and determining legal rights can be highly intricate. If you have a legal matter to resolve regarding land, we suggest you contact several real estate attorneys and find one you're comfortable with. An attorney's fees are inexpensive insurance if you consider the value of the property in question.

If you don't see your favorite obscure terms, please let us know. We're happy to add to our list.

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