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Forms of Acknowledgments of Instruments affecting Real Prop

erty proposed by the American Bar Association.

The American Bar Association has recommended to the legislatures of the several states the adoption of the following forms of acknowledgment, with the view of obtaining a uniformity in the mode of acknowledging and authenticating instruments relating to real estate throughout the country. Annual Report for 1882, 303. Thus far these forms have been adopted in two states, namely, in Minnesota, March 3, 1883, Laws 1883, p. 99; 2 G. S. Supp. 1888, c. 72; and in Missouri, April 2, 1883, Laws 1883, p. 20; R. S. 1889, § 2408. These forms are simple, and yet afford sufficient protection; and it is much to be desired that they shall be generally adopted and shall not be changed by subsequent legislation. See Appendix, p. 896.

1. In the Case of Natural Persons acting in their own Right. Begin in all cases by a caption specifying the state and place where the acknowledgment is taken.

On this day of — 18–, before me personally appeared (or

and -), to me known to be the person (or persons) described in and who executed the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged that he (or they) executed the same as his (or their) free act and deed.

2. In the Case of Natural Persons acting by Attorney. On this - day of — 18, before me personally appeared

to me known to be the person who executed the foregoing

1 When a married woman unites with her husband in the execution of any such instrument, and acknowledges the same, she may be described in the acknowledgment as his wife ; but in all other respects her acknowledgment may be taken and certified as if she were sole, unless a separate examination in respect to the execution of any release of dower, or other instrument affecting real estate, be required by statute.

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