140. Method of investigation in unregistered land.

Each document within the abstract or epitome1 should be checked for the following points:

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    (1)     root of title: check that the root is as provided for in the contract2 and that there is an unbroken chain of title from the root to the present day;

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    (2)     date: a deed is not invalid because it is not dated or is wrongly dated, but the date of the document will:

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      (a)     establish whether a root document is a good root3;

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      (b)     affect the amount of stamp duty payable;

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      (c)     affect its vulnerability under the Insolvency Act 1986 in the case of