Legal Description of Property
What is a Legal Description of Real Estate?
A legal description of property is a way to define or accurately pinpoint where a particular piece of property is located. A street address also identifies a physical location but not in the same way that a legal description defines it. In fact, they sometimes don't even match. Some legal descriptions are very simple and involve a lot and a block within a subdivision name, but even these specifics can be wrong when verified by surveying equipment. To make certain that you own a piece of property, it's a good idea to buy a title insurance policy , which protects against human error that could challenge your ownership. A more common legal description is metes and bounds.
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A legal description is a description of real estate that is sufficient to identify it for legal purposes. When preparing a deed , it is important to use the correct legal description. In most situations, the best practice is to use the legal description from the most recent deed to the property. There are a few different types of legal descriptions discussed below , but these distinctions are often irrelevant to the deed preparation process. The best place to find a legal description is usually the most recent deed to the property the deed that conveyed the property to the current owner.