Bava Metzia 20 - The Found Documents That Are Returned (Finds)

Suppose one found letters of assignment (an official letter stating that property was assessed and confiscated to satisfy a debt), notes of sustenance (certifying that a husband has agreed to provide for his stepdaughter's support), certificates of Halitza or any act of the court. In that case, he should return these to the party named in them to receive the document.

There is no concern here that the documents were written in advance because the courts do not draw documents in advance. 

If one found a loan document belonging to others among his papers, it should be set aside until Elijah the Prophet comes and resolves its ownership.

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