Constructive Notice--A Multi-State Perspective
Part I of the article (Chapters I to V) contains the substantive discussion of the recording acts and how they function in eighteen states. Part II (Chapter VI) contains practical information describing how to examine title in each of the fourteen states. The practical information contained in the Part II is contributed by attorneys I have met while speaking for AAPL's certification review courses. They are all identified supra and I encourage all readers of this article to contact these friends for any additional information concerning the records or practices in the individual states. The jurisdictions covered by this article are the major oil and gas producing states of:
I. The Plan
A. The Common Law Background
Transferring title to real estate by written instrument was common in the Roman Empire. While that practice was adopted in Continental Europe upon Roman occupation, the practice did not immediately affect English land law. Instead, in England, possession of land was the only evidence of title, and pro
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