Four corners (law)

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Four corners (law) is the meaning of a written contract, will, or deed as represented solely by its textual content. This term may also be applicable to other legal instruments.

  1. From the four corners of the document: as derived from the text of the agreement itself, without relying upon other resources or witnesses.
    • "Absent ambiguity, the parties’ intentions must be discerned from the four corners of the document, and extrinsic evidence may not be considered." KY Supreme Court 2007-CA-000498
    • "Construction of a deed is a matter of law, and the intention of the parties is to be gathered from the four corners of the instrument." KY Supreme Court 1995-CA-001813
  2. Looking at the four corners of the will: examining and analyzing the will.