race to the courthouse

Definition of "race to the courthouse"
  1. A legal principle where the first document such as a deed, deed of trust, mortgage, lien, or judgment filed with the County Recorder takes precedence over documents filed later, regardless of their dates
How to use "race to the courthouse" in a sentence
  1. The real estate developer understood the importance of the race to the courthouse when filing the deed of trust.
  2. The lawyer advised his client about the race to the courthouse principle while discussing the lien.
  3. Because of the race to the courthouse rule, her mortgage holds the highest priority.

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