Free wills clinic Saturday at BZS Center in Ruffin
by The Press and Standard | August 14, 2018 3:00 pm
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 to have a simple will drafted at the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation’s free wills clinic at BZS Community Center, 375 Smyly Road, Ruffin, on Saturday Aug. 25 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (last appointment). Individuals must schedule an appointment, in advance, by calling Sharon Piggs at the center, (843) 745-7055.
The center protects heirs’ property and promotes the sustainable use of land to provide increased income to historically underserved landowners through forestland management.
Most heirs’ property in the Lowcountry is land that was either purchased by, or deeded to, African-Americans 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.
To help prevent the further growth of heirs’ property, the center conducts free wills clinics across its 15-county service area.
The center welcomes the pro bono help of local attorneys to draft simple wills at the free wills clinic in Ruffin. Templates will be provided, as well as clerical assistance. Help the community by volunteering for this important event. Contact the center’s Legal Secretary Sharon Piggs to sign up by calling or e-mailing at: firstname.lastname@example.org.