Land Record

A Typical Deed

Deeds, grants, and patents all follow a particular form. The exact details of the form will vary from locale to locale, but the overall structure remains the same. The start and finish of the deed tend to have the most "boilerplate", or canned legal wording. The property description is found in the middle of the deed.

The following elements will be found:

The following is an example of the opening of lines of a Virginia patent. Note that even the clerks were tired of copying all of the wording, and used "etc." to cover for a lot of pompous wording such as "George, defender of the faith, King of England, Ireland..."

"George etc. To all etc. Whereas etc. We have given, granted and confirmed, and by these presents for us our Heirs and Successors do give and Confirm unto..."

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