What We Do

The Center seeks to: 1) prevent land loss among low wealth heirs’ property (HP) owners by helping them obtain clear title and keep their family land through legal education, legal and mediation services, community empowerment and free Wills Clinics, and 2) promote the sustainable use of land to provide increased economic benefit to historically under-served families.

The Center provides FULL legal services across the seven counties of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, DorchesterGeorgetown and Jasper, with Advice and Counsel (A&C) legal services and FULL forestry services across Allendale, Bamberg, Clarendon, Hampton, Horry, Orangeburg Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

How we do it?  Three Buckets of Work:

  • PREVENTION of the growth of heirs’ property through education, the probating of estates and community-wide, FREE Wills Clinics;
  • RESOLUTION of heirs’ property issues through our direct, legal services, and
  • LAND UTILIZATION through the provision of forestry education, technical assistance and financial resources for landowners (both heirs’ property and non-heirs’ property landowners) to develop and implement forest management plans for increased economic benefit.

Why we do it?

This work helps protect rural, family land against urban sprawl and development; preserve the unique cultural heritage of Lowcountry communities; sustain the region’s diverse ecosystem; increase land value and income through sustainable forestry and agro-forestry management, and engage under-represented groups in land use dialogue and in the value of land stewardship.  Click here to read about some of the people we have helped.

Call the Center (843) 745-7055 to make an appointment to meet with an attorney (free of charge) for one hour to talk about your heirs’ property, or to schedule an education seminar or a FREE Wills Clinic in your community.

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