The preceding example shows why recording real estate instruments is important. In the legal realm, recording is necessary because it provides what is called "constructive notice" to the public. Recording allows the public to know about the legal condition of the subject property, especially when someone is interested in buying it or obtaining an interest in that property.
By the same token, no one can legally claim ignorance of recorded documents and instruments. That is exactly why public recording was established. For example, if someone buys a parcel of land that has a recorded easement from it. That buyer cannot later claim ignorance of the easement as the basis for negating the closed purchase or removing the easement.
In this way, the law can protect individuals from an endless series of battles against unrecorded claims. Proper recording provides protection for individuals against all other rival claimants.
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