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A legal description is a description of a tract of land in legally acceptable terms that identifies its precise location. The legal description on a tax form is only an abbreviated reference to a parcel of land and is not a legal description.
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Abstract title property is the most common form of title found in the United States. An abstract of title is a condensed history of all deeds, mortgages and other documents relating to a particular piece of land, which affect the title
Torrens is a system for registration of land under which, upon the landowner's application, the court may after appropriate proceedings, direct the issuance of a certificate of title to the property. Any liens or encumbrances that have been recorded are referenced on the certificate. When ownership of the property changes, the old certificate of title will be cancelled and a new certificate will be issued in the name of the new owner. The Certificate of Title is kept in the office of the Registrar of Titles. With the "abstract system" an abstract is evidence of title. In the "Torrens System" the certificate of title is the title.
The Sibley County Recorder's Office provides abstracting services. An abstract is an abbreviated history of all documents of record affecting the property. If you would like your abstract updated, please call us at 507-237-4080.
The Sibley County Recorder's office does not have a licensed attorney on staff, therefore, we cannot give any legal advice, provide advice on forms, nor complete forms. A party is proceeding at their own risk if they do not consult a competent attorney on legal matters. The Sibley County Recorder's Office will advise you to consult with a Licensed Attorney familiar with Minnesota Law
Minnesota Uniform Conveyance Blank forms are available online at Minnesota Department of Commerce
Your legal description will be on your deed or Certificate of Title. You can request a copy in person, by phone or by mail.
Please provide as much information as possible when making your request:
Copy fees must be paid in advance.
The County can only make changes to names or ownership records with a legal document such as a new deed. Please seek legal advice as we are unable to advise you on the topic or to help prepare documents.
The public may request certified copies of most documents filed in the Recorder's Office. Fees do apply.
There are notaries available in the Auditor/Treasurer's Office, Assessor's Office, County Attorney's Office, and the License Center.