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Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation Announces 5th Annual Rural & Limited Resource Landowner Symposium



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On Friday, August 28th and Saturday, August 29th the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation will hold its 5th Annual Rural & Limited Resource Landowner Symposium.  For the first time in its history, the event will be held virtually.  The cost for this two-day educational event is only $20.00. 

If you need help with heirs’ property or if you want to learn more about managing your land for timber to provide increased income for you and your family, the Center invites you to participate in this unique virtual event. From the comfort of your own home or office, you can enjoy special guest speakers, expert panelists who are Natural Resource professionals from both state and federal agencies.  You will hear from financial experts as well as professional foresters on how to start a forest business. USDA conservation programs and break-out sessions on heirs’ property issues, resolution, also estate planning and forestland management.

Also scheduled at the symposium will be a special panel of legal experts, judges who will share their experiences, common issues and encounters found in probate court and in master-in-equity court.  There will also be an in-depth panel discussion on the critical issue of Black Land Loss.

A new element this year includes a session profiling the grant winners associated with the Gullah Geechee Preservation Project funded by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.  Charleston County has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few decades.  As more people move to Charleston County, the need for new development threatens existing cultural resources.  The purpose of this special workshop is to document how gentrification and development has eradicated the history and culture.  It will also demonstrate the unique character in these Gullah Communities, specifically buildings, cemeteries and communal land ownership.  You will experience 9 different grant projects awarded with impactful video stories explaining each individual project. Learn about what they are working on and preserving for the future.

To register, simply click on the link below.  The fee is only $20.00 for this unique, educational 2 day event.

For more information you can go to the Center’s website at or call (843) 745-7055


The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation has been protecting heirs’ property through legal education and direct legal services since 2005. In 2013, the Center began promoting the sustainable use of land through forestry education and services to provide increased economic benefit to low-wealth family land owners. The Center provides legal services and forestry services in Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Marion, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

To date, the Center has provided 2,787 persons with free, one-hour “Advice and Counsel” (A&C) with 608 clients receiving direct legal services to clear title. A total of 1,168 simple wills have been drafted at free, community Wills Clinics; more than 430 families (who collectively own in excess of 22,000 acres) have benefited from various levels of education and expert resources to develop and implement sustainable forestry management plans, and 273 titles have been cleared on family land with a total tax-assessed value of $16.3 million.

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