The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation provides legal education and services to protect Heirs’ Property and Land Utilization education and services to help families realize the wealth-building asset of their land.
Currently, Sustainable Forestry is the program provided under Land Utilization.
The Center’s THREE Buckets of Work
Prevention: To help prevent the growth of HP
The Center conducts education seminars on HP issues so that families can make better informed decisions about what to do with their land. The Center also conducts 3-4 FREE Wills Clinics annually to draft simple wills for community members.
Resolution: To help prevent the further loss of HP
The Center provides the full array of legal services to help HP clients resolve their HP landownership issues to include the clearing of title and the probating of estates. One of the signature tools in this work is the conducting of a “Family Presentation” which is a customized education seminar designed to address the specific needs of a family to help them reach family agreement about what to do with their land.
Land Utilization: To help HP and non-HP landowners realize the wealth-building asset of their land
The Center provides sustainable forestry education, technical assistance and resources to HP and non-HP landowners who own a minimum of 10 forested acres to develop and implement forest management plans, to benefit from financial assistance and to connect with markets for their timber products to increase the income from their land. Families who are profiting from their land are less likely to let it become heirs’ property and more likely to pass it on to the next generation.
The Center staff welcomes the opportunity to talk about its work. Call the Center if you would like our staff to do a presentation or conduct an education seminar or Wills Clinic: (843) 745-7055. The Center also provides technical assistance to county government planners and local planning committees on HP as they work on comprehensive plans for their communities. Call and we will come!
The Center hosts information tables at significant community events across its six county service area: the Grits Festival in St. George, the Rice Festival in Walterboro, the Lands End Woodland River Festival on St. Helena Island, as well as the annual Sweetgrass Festival in Mt. Pleasant and the Penn Center’s Annual Heritage Days Celebration in Beaufort, where thousands of African Americans from across the nation return to the Lowcountry to celebrate their cultural heritage.
Wills Clinics (Begun in 2009)
The Center has helped ensure the assets of 552 individuals through the drafting of simple Wills. Throughout the year, the Center conducts FREE Wills Clinics for community members to help prevent the growth of heirs’ property. Your Will will be drafted by local, volunteer attorneys supervised by the Center’s attorney. These clinics are held in community churches and centers across our service area. Click on our Calendar to see when we are offering a Wills Clinic near you, and call Jacqueline Wilson at the Center to schedule your appointment: (843) 745-7055.