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A solicitor is acting for the seller of a freehold property with unregistered title. The solicitor is preparing for deduction of title to the property to a solicitor acting for the buyer. He examines the deeds and documents relating to the property. 


Which of the following is the best candidate for a good root of title when deducing title to the property?

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A good root of title is a document that demonstrates the seller's ownership of the property and is sufficiently old to provide a reliable foundation for the title. It should be at least 15 years old and contain a clear description of the property, show a clear chain of ownership, and not be subject to any potential undisclosed interests. The conveyance dated 10 March 1984 is the best candidate for a good root of title because it is a deed of transfer that is over 15 years old and typically contains a full description of the property and details of the parties involved in the transaction. This document would be the starting point in establishing the chain of ownership for the property. An assent (Option B) is a document used to transfer property to a beneficiary after the owner's death, but it may not provide a full historical context of ownership. Planning permission (Option C) and a will (Option D) are not documents that establish ownership or provide a clear chain of title. A land charges search certificate (Option E) is merely a record of searches and does not itself constitute a good root of title. 


Key Point: A good root of title should be a conveyance or similar document that is at least 15 years old, clearly identifies the property, and shows an unbroken chain of ownership. It forms the foundation for proving the seller's title to the property in unregistered land transactions.

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