Legal Descriptions Problems

The first point described in a metes and bounds description is often called the point of beginning. Which of the following would be characteristic of a good point of beginning?

A. Its identity is clear and certain in the field.
B. It has greater standing than any other corner recited in the description.
C. The destruction of its monumentation will void the description.
D. It is a standard section corner.
 
Solution:
The choice of the point of beginning is based on the ease and certainty of its identification, not a desire to give it more standing than any other corner in the description. Both its legal relationship to other monuments and its own physical attributes should be part of its description to aid in its identification.
 
The Answer is A.
 
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