Seminar on heirs’ property Tuesday

Alex Singleton is a board member of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation that works to clear land titles that have been passed down through generations of black families without wills.

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.

As a result, land owned in this way is easily lost through forced sale in the courts.

But there is help.

The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation will hold a free seminar on heirs’ property issues 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Cross Community Center, 1690 Old Highway 6 in Cross.

To reserve a spot, call Yvonne Bradley at 843-753-3150 or Nathaniel Footman at 843-753-7381.

The seminar, sponsored by Cross NAACP and Cross Community Center, will provide information how people can resolve heirs’ property issues on shared family land and how to manage forested land for greater financial gain.

The center offers legal and forestry education and direct services to protect heirs’ property and to promote its sustainable use to benefit family land owners.

Since 2005, the center has responded to the increasing need for heirs’ property education and legal services by providing advice and counsel to 1,726 applicants, and legal services to 414 clients.

Working with volunteers from the Charleston School of Law and private pro-bono attorneys, the center has successfully cleared 147 titles on family land with a total, tax-assessed value of $8.1 million.

For more on the center, go to: www.heirsproperty.org.