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by The Press and Standard | August 18, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 16, 2017 at 11:55 am
Do you have a will? Is your property your primary asset? Would you like to ensure that your property and possessions will go to the person(s) you want after you are gone?
The way to do that is by having a simple will drafted at the free Wills Clinic that the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation is conducting at the Ray T. Johnson CTS Building in Walterboro (229 Gruber St.) on Aug. 26 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Last scheduled appointment will be at 2:30 p.m.)
Everyone is welcome, but must make an appointment ahead of time to get a simple will drafted by contacting the center’s paralegal Kate Brabbs at: (843) 745-7055 or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Center: www.heirsproperty.org.
The CTS/CHS Alumni Association, Inc. is host for the event.
Even if those own heirs’ property can direct their percentage of ownership to the person(s) of choice, rather than it being divided up among the remaining heirs.
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 provides services in Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Horry Georgetown, Jasper, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.
To date, the Center has provided advice and counsel to 1,853 applicants and legal services to 427 clients; conducted 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. The center has successfully cleared 170 titles on family land with a total, tax-assessed value of $9.7 million.