I am OCD about certain things, ZIP codes is one of them (I have to add the four digits) and Legal Descriptions of land is another. I have to run out the metes and bounds.
Metes and bounds is a way of depicting the boundaries of a piece of land through recorded points, angles, directions, and distances. Surveying is not an exact science, however, and I have seen errors, and errors make a difference.
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). That is why I do not accept the Legal Description as written; I have to go look it up as part of the due diligence of a real estate deal.