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To place a document in the public records. All such documents are time and date stamped when received;this is important because the priority of deeds and of liens is usually on a race-to-thecourthouse,first-to-file basis.In many states,if a judgment is recorded against a seller only minutes before a deed to the buyer is recorded, then the buyer's new property is subject to the lien, which must be paid or the judgment creditor may execute and take the property and sell it for satisfaction of the debt.

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He transported the guns to Michigan and filed off the serial numbers.
Matheu was also arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and of possession of a firearm with the serial numbers filed off.
But after the stars filed off the coach, just inches away from her, the 19-year-old student, from Brighton, was left breathless.
A year ago, only a handful of villagers would have filed off the train.
The returning infantrymen were mobbed by wives, girlfriends, parents and small children waving American flags as they filed off two buses behind the National Guard armory on Skyline Drive at about 10:45 a.
The Birmingham fans sang "We Want Six" as the Newcastle supporters filed off in disgust at the horror show they had witnessed.
But it was Taylor's name that was chanted by the Toon Army in the Putney Stand as the players filed off the pitch at the final whistle.
We were told that the black handgun - which had had its tell-tale serial number filed off - had been used prior to our hire.
Boos resounded around a half-empty ground from the 39,000 crowd as the team filed off the pitch.