If a real estate conveyance happens in the forest without a Legal Description, did the land convey?  It had witnesses and was notarized, but did the property actually transfer to a new owner without a Legal Description?

It depends.  If the description given is such that it describes the property as unique to all others on the Earth…but what if the seller dies, how do you prove it?  A Judge may have to decide, and that gets expensive.

If you are defending a title challenge on your home, you could be right, but it can be costly.  Or you can be wrong and it can be costly.  But if you have title insurance, the title insurance policy pays for the legal cost, right or wrong.

Do you really want to get a book and do your own brain surgery?

DIY Legal Description is not necessarily a cost saving option.  You cannot use the postal address because addresses assigned by the Postal Service are not always unique, and they can change (even if the house does not move).  And you cannot use the Tax Reference because that is for the assessment of taxes and not the conveyance of the property.  Furthermore just because you write something on legal paper does not make it a “Legal Description.”

The Legal Description of a property is one of the bones of a real estate contract (along with the names of the buyers and sellers, terms, and signature of the party to be charged by the contract).  As part of the due diligence of a real estate deal, have competent legal counsel research the Legal Description.