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Massachusetts Agencies

Acknowledgment by One Grantor


Only one grantor needs to acknowledge an instrument (e.g., deed). G.L.c.183, §30. The court has said that even if the grantors own separate parcels in the same deed that they jointly execute, still only one of those grantors needs to acknowledge. Stating that the purpose of the acknowledgment is to allow the instrument to be recorded and thus provide public notice of its existence, the court in Shaw v. Poor 23 Mass. 86, 6 Pick. 86 (1827) said, “The notice is the same, whether the are seised as tenant in common of the whole land conveyed, or are separately seised of distinct parcels.”