Heirs property, forest management seminar Monday | News | The Press and Standard

by | November 9, 2017 3:18 pm

Those who need information or help with heirs’ property and/or help to manage forestland for increased income may attend the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation’s educational seminar on heirs’ property issues and resolution, and forest management program.
The Legal and Forestry Education Seminar will be on Monday Nov. 13 at the New Life United Methodist Church, 763 Green Pond Hwy. To reserve a seat, call the New Life United Methodist Church at 843-549-1254.
“The Center wishes to thank Pastor Kenneth N. Carter for hosting this important event, where you will find out about the rights, risks and responsibilities of owning heirs’ property, and how to resolve it. With good legal and forestland management information, you will be able to make better-informed decisions about how to protect your family land and make it work for you through forestry,” said Tish Lynn, director of communications for the center.

What is heirs’ property?
Heirs’ property is typically rural land owned by African-American families that was purchased after emancipation. Much of this land has been passed down through the generations without a will, so it is owned “in common” by multiple heirs. Land owned in this way is easily lost through forced sales in the courts.
For more, go to: www.heirsproperty.org and take a look at the video at: http://mrbf.org/storybank/value-land

(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 landowners. 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 170 titles on family land which has a total, tax-assessed value of $9.7 million.)

 

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