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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 23º 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 are 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. T 2 W , T 20 E)

  • Municipality (e.g Town, Village or City of Paradise)

  • County