Tis the Seisin
I was kibbitzing with another lawyer the other day about transfers of real property and what the buyer and seller had to do to make the transfer effective.
I suggested that, as in the Middle Ages, the buyer and seller could go out to the land and in a formal witnessed ceremony the seller could hand a clod of dirt to the buyer to effectuate the transfer of ownership.
(This isn’t enough now, as you might have guessed, but it was once if one also added a twig to the clod of dirt. You can look it up online under “Livery of Seisin.” You will see.)
We were both greatly amused.
(As an aside, later in time I believe, the statements of the witnesses were taken who saw this deed take place, which is where I think the word “deed” originated for recorded conveyances.)
That’s all I want to say today. Have a good weekend.
David I. Karp is a full time mediator of real estate and business disputes in Southern California. His website is at http://karpmediation.com .