Purpose of Each Date

The recorded copy of a document may have several different dates on it. Make certain you understand the purpose of each date and don’t draw incorrect conclusions. Dates may include:

  • date of the event(s) the document is documenting;
  • date the act the document documents was acknowledged;
  • date the document was “proved” by the witnesses;
  • date the document was recorded;
  • etc.

Not all documents will have all these dates. Deeds are one document that are often acknowledged in front of an official in addition to being signed by the person executing the deed. The dates may not be the same. Wills often have to be “proved” by witnesses.

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