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Land Records - Classification of Legal Descriptions


Methods of surveying and describing real estate depends entirely upon local and historical events.

The Statute of Frauds provides that transactions shall not be valid unless evidenced by a conveyance that identifies the land. What minimal information is necessary for the conveyance to identify the land within the meaning of the statute? There are many examples of documents that were drawn by individuals who lacked proficiency in the requirements of the Statute of Frauds. Parties who prepare conveyances or who examine titles must assure that they are familiar with the applicable laws and concepts that apply to the conveyance’s description. This white paper reviews U.S. land surveys, metes and bound descriptions, and rules of construction for legal descriptions.



Duane H. Wunsch

Duane H. Wunsch

Fidelity National Title Group, Inc.

  • Wisconsin State Counsel for Fidelity National Title Group
  • Over 30 years of experience, including searching and examining titles, closing transactions, and handling title insurance claims
  • Member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Past president of the Wisconsin Land Title Association
  • J.D. degree, Emory University; B.A degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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