Hiers property seminar Monday April 17 in Ritter | News | The Press and Standard

by | April 14, 2017 5:00 am

Last Updated: April 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Those who need help clearing title to heirs’ property or wanting to learn how to better manage their forested acres for more income can get help from the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation.

The center will hold education seminar on heirs’ property issues and sustainable forestry land management on Monday April 17 from 6-8 p.m. at Elizabeth Church of Christ (5710 Ritter Road) in Ritter. The educational event is sponsored by Crime Prevention of RCBSN.

Heirs’ property is mostly rural land owned by African-American families following emancipation. At some point in the ownership, the land was passed down without a will, so it became “heirs’ property” owned “in common” by multiple heirs. Land owned in this way is easily lost through forced sale in the courts. The center can help owners with the legal assistance to clear title to family land and prevent its loss.

Center staff will discuss how to resolve heirs’ property issues on shared family land and how to increase the value and income from land through forest management. The center offers both legal and forestry education and direct services.

To reserve your spot, call Inez Pierce at (843) 893-2805.

For more information on the center, call (843) 745-7055 and visit the website at: heirsproperty.org.

 

(The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation has been protecting heirs’ property through legal education and direct legal services since 2005. In 2013, the center began promoting the sustainable use of land through forestry education and services to provide increased economic benefit to low-wealth family land owners. The center provides legal services and forestry services in Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Georgetown, Jasper, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties. To date, the center has responded to the needs of historically under-served, mostly African American landowners by providing advice and counsel to 1,853 applicants, and legal services to 427 clients; conducting 525 legal seminars and presentations to reach 13,679 persons; drafted 669 simple wills; provided more than 336 families (who collectively own 15,977 forested acres) with various levels of education and expert resources to develop and implement sustainable forestry management plans. Working with volunteers from the Charleston School of Law and private “pro-bono” attorneys, the center has successfully cleared 164 titles on family land which has a total, tax-assessed value of $8.8 million. For more on the center, go to: www.heirsproperty.org.)

 

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