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Q: What does legal description of property mean on a quitclaim deed in RI

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Anthony M. Avery
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A: Legal Descriptions give the angular calls and distances between corners of the property, or may be lot reference to a certain lot on a recorded subdivision plat, which then shows angles and boundary lengths for all lots. Some places use the rangeship/ township method of describing a certain parcel of a 160 acre tract in relation to a certain meridian. And sometimes there is only a description of the surrounding properties which forms the subject enclosed parcel. It should also include any right of way encumbrances on the parcel. And it may include a total acreage. It is not the street or mailing address.

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