Lost Instruments

Lost Instruments

Documents that cannot be located after a thorough, careful, and diligent search has been made for them.

In some jurisdictions, documents that have been stolen are held to be lost. An instrument that the owner has voluntarily and intentionally destroyed in order to cancel its legal effects is not a lost instrument, nor is an instrument that has been mutilated. Generally the loss of a written instrument does not affect the validity of the transaction that it represents, since a copy can usually be established in court. An action to restore a lost instrument is not one for relief against a wrong but rather one to enforce the plaintiff's interests. It can be initiated immediately subsequent to the loss, and all interested persons should be made parties to, and should be given notice of, such proceedings.

An action to establish a lost instrument indicating ownership of land, such as a deed, can be commenced by anyone who has an interest in the subject matter, such as an heir of a deceased property owner. This type of case is analogous to a Quiet Title Action.

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Lots of musicians and studios lost instruments, sheet music, master tapes, and all sorts of stuff that you just can't replace.
6 fundraiser at the Wales Irish Club to help get back some of the lost instruments.
The Musician's Hall of Fame & Museum, which was storing guitars at Jumper's place, reportedly lost instruments once played by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and The Who's Pete Townshend.
Cash raised from the sale will be donated to American musicians who lost instruments during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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Instrumental tuition was taken away from children so schools lost instruments, orchestras and teachers," said Dr Hoyland, who counts the Velvet Underground among his favourite bands.
This blog is a place for them to learn, compare notes and let off steam if need be, on anything from certification issues to lost instruments to surgeon satisfaction.
MelodyTrip will donate a percentage of all profits to Music Rising, an organization created to raise funds to replace the lost instruments and accessories of the musicians affected by the hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast region.