Our Services – Overview

The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation now serves 15 counties: Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg.

Full, legal services are offered in the Charleston office – five days a week (9-5PM) with “Advice and Counsel” appointments offered each month in Allendale, Beaufort, Orangeburg and Sumter offices, according to the schedule below.

Call the Center (843-745-7055) to make your appointment for a free, one-hour “Advice and Counsel” session with a Center attorney to talk about your specific heirs’ property issue.

ALLENDALE: 1st Wednesday of each month at the James Brandt Building (398 Barnwell Hwy. – Conference Room), Allendale, SC 29810 with Attorney Hope Watson.

BEAUFORT3rd Tuesday of each month at the Beaufort Town Center (2015 Boundary Street – Suite 214), Beaufort, SC 29902 with Attorney Hope Watson.

ORANGEBURG: 2nd Tuesday of each month at: 1550 Henley Street NE, Room 103, Orangeburg, SC 29115 with Attorney Renee Gregory.

SUMTER: 4th Tuesday of each month at: 1975 Castle Rock Drive, Sumter, SC 29153 with Attorney Renee Gregory.

The Center’s THREE Buckets of Work

Can Help YOU!

Prevention: To help prevent the growth of HP

The Center prevents the growth of heirs’ property (HP) by conducting Education Seminars on HP issues and resolution and forest management. The Center also conducts FREE Wills Clinics annually to draft simple wills for community members and probates estates.

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 clear title to family land. The Center developed and uses the “Family Presentation” to gather family members together to come to agreement about their family land. Without family agreement, the Center cannot move forward to resolve HP issues.

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.

Community-wide Presentations

The Center staff welcomes the opportunity to tell people 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!

Information Tables

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.

The Center celebrates the Phillips Community gathering every year.

The Center celebrates the Phillips Community gathering every year in Mt. Pleasant.