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Q: Do I need a patent for my land or just a deed

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In real estate transactions, a deed is the essential document you need to prove ownership of land. A deed is a legal document that transfers property from one party to another and is recorded with the local government, usually at the county level. This recording provides public notice of your ownership.

A patent, on the other hand, is related to inventions and intellectual property, not land ownership. It protects inventions and innovations by granting exclusive rights to the inventor to make, use, or sell the invention for a certain period.

To confirm your ownership of land, you need to ensure you have a properly executed and recorded deed. This deed should accurately describe the property and should be signed by all parties involved in the transfer. If you're unsure about the status of your land ownership or the validity of your deed, it's advisable to consult with a real estate attorney. They can review your documents and provide guidance specific to your situation. Remember, proper documentation is key in protecting your rights as a landowner.

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