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Real Estate Legal Descriptions

A Complete Legal Description should include the following information:

  • The platting information (if property is platted):
  • Subdivision name or Certified Survey Map number (CSM#)
  • Lots and or blocks
  • Or, if unplatted, then "metes and bounds" tied into the Public Land Survey System (e.g. Commencing 232 feet S 23 12' 34' W of NW cor)
  • Public Land Survey Information:
  • Quarter Section or Quarter/Quarter Section (e.g. NE 1/4 or NE 1/4 NE 1/4)
  • Section number (There is 36 sections in a township - e.g. Section 12)
  • Town number (e.g. T 1 N) note all towns in Wisconsin are N (North)
  • Range number (e.g. R 2 W , R 20 E)
  • Municipality Name (with type: Town, Village or City)
  • County Name


Updated:   07/17/2009                                  

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