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Bill of Sale Basics

Since the time individuals began buying and selling goods to one another, there has been a need to document ownership of the property as it changed hands. In order to prove ownership, the bill of sale was developed to confirm that a seller did indeed transfer ownership of their property to the buyer. The bill of sale records all of the specific information regarding the transfer of the property including:

  • the item that was sold,
  • the seller's information,
  • the date of the transaction,
  • the location, and
  • the amount of compensation the buyer paid for the property.

The Bill of Sale Provides Proof of Ownership Transfer

The bill of sale is frequently used to transfer the title to ownership of items such as cars and boats, but it can be used in nearly any instance in which proof of the transfer of property is required. Because of this, the bill of sale serves as a legal contract between the buyer and the seller and is recognized as such by the courts as long as it conforms to the specific state requirements in which it was enacted.


A Bill of Sale Allows Broad Customization for Any Situation

A bill of sale can be customized to suit the requirements of either the buyer or the seller depending on whether there are any warranties being offered on the goods being sold or if there are specific stipulations that must be met in order to complete the transaction. The bill of sale can guarantee the condition of a product or a good as well as the history or authenticity of an item being sold. The bill of sale is an important legal tool that is utilized when it is necessary to document the transfer of ownership of goods or property from the seller to the buyer.

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