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    Use of the article "the" with proper names

    VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON, a municipal corporation of the State of Florida

    PALM BEACH COUNTY, a political subdivision of the State of Florida

    SCHOOL BOARD OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, a corporate body politic pursuant to the Constitution of the State of Florida

    The above entities are owners of various tracts of land, and the names shown are their actual names as appearing on their respective deeds. Together these three entities are agreeing to sign a record plat that will be filed in the public records for the purpose of identifying and dedicating various parcels.

    I would like to know if these entities are considered proper names, , and if so, should the article "the" be placed in front, for example:


    KNOW BY ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS THAT (THE?)

    VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON,
    PALM BEACH COUNTY,
    SCHOOL BOARD OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA,

    OWNERS OF THE LAND SHOWN AND DESCRIBED HEREON....


    Another example is:

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, (THE?) VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON HAS CAUSED THESE PRESENTS TO BE SIGNED....

    Another example is:

    THE DRAINAGE EASEMENTS AS SHOWN HEREON ARE HEREBY DEDICATED IN PERPETUITY TO (THE?) VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS....

    Final example is:

    (THE?) VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, HEREBY APPROVES.... BY (THE?) VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON, FLORIDA.

    The use of the article "the" in front of the Village of Wellington or the School Board of Palm Beach County seems appropriate simply because it seems to facilitate the sentence structure for reading. However, placing "the" in front of the Palm Beach County has the opposite effect, and yet, they're all the same type of entities.

    What are the rules for properly addressing legal entities such as corporate or political names in documents?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Use of the article "the" with proper names

    I remember reading/hearing somewhere that corporations, even towns, and counties, can be considered "persons" for tax purposes, and hence the reason the is omitted in the name. I don't have a source, but here's a related article, The Straight Dope: How can a corporation be legally considered a person?

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