Paper Title Law and Legal Definition

Title to land evidenced by a conveyance or chain of conveyances is paper title. Every person in the actual possession of lands or tenements, under claim and color of title shall be adjudged to be the legal owner of lands to the extent and according to the purport of his/ her paper title. [Converse v. Calumet R. R. Co., 195 Ill. 204, 207 (Ill. 1902)]

When a person acquires a good and valid paper title to a tract of wild uncultivated and unoccupied land, s/he is, by construction of law, in possession of the whole tract. His/her right to that land is complete. [Den ex dem. Saxton v. Hunt, 20 N.J.L. 487 (Sup. Ct. 1845)]