Georgia Heirs Property Law Center


Recent Press and Upcoming Events.


A Turning Point for Family Forests

How heirs property reform is empowering Georgia’s landowners



MAY 2019

Blighted Properties Discussed at Glynn-Brunswick Land Bank Authority Meeting

One of the contributing factors to the problem with abandoned or blighted properties in Brunswick is when the owner dies without a will or has multiple heirs who can’t agree what to do with the property.


GHPLC Discusses the Center and Our Work on Closer Look with Rose Scott on WABE 90.1

Our Chief Operating Officer, Delene Porter, and Legal Programs Director, Joann Johnston, joined Rose Scott on WABE 90.1’s Closer Look. Watch the episode here!

January 2019


GHPLC Discusses Heirs Property on Lewis on the Law Radio Show

Our Legal Programs Director, Joann Johnston and Equal Justice Works Georgia Housing Corps Fellow, Gentry Mander, joined James Lewis on Lewis on the Law’s episode on What is Heirs Property? Watch the episode here!



August 2018

GHPLC Discusses Heirs Property on Wealth Matters Radio Show

Our Legal Programs Director, Joann Johnston and Board Member, Shunta McBride joined Gaslowitz and Frankel on BusinessX Radio Show's Wealth Matters episode on Inherited Property - Resolving Tangled Title. Watch the episode here or listen in here


Progress Check: Year One of the Generational Poverty Law Project

One year after the Junior League of Atlanta awards $1M to three organizations, JLA asks "How has the grant benefited your organization?" 

The Generational Poverty Law Project has handled 429 cases, experienced increased referrals between the partner organizations and collaborated with Georgia Institute of Technology to develop data-based outreach priorities. 

July 2018


Arcane U.S. Land Law Gets Slow Makeover to Help Poor

“Prior to that [Act], it was very easy for folks to buy one family’s interest and force the sale of a property,” said Skipper G. StipeMaas, executive director of the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center. “The uniform act slowed down what was historically used as a mechanism by business owners and wealthier individuals to acquire land.”

“Not only does this erode a family’s ability to build wealth,” she said. “What’s also being eroded is that family’s cohesiveness.”

JUNE 2018


2016-2017 Annual Report

We are proud to announce the release of our 2016-2017 Annual Report. Come take a look at all of our hard work! 

MAY 2018


Generational Wealth Building Webinar: Understanding Clear Title and Estate Planning

Executive Director Skipper G. StipeMaas and Legal Programs Director Joann E. Johnston explain what clear title and heirs property means, potential resolution strategies for heirs property owners, resources for owners dealing with heirs property and other title issues, and the importance of estate planning as part of nonprofit housing programs.

May 2018


March 2018

SFI Community Grants Feature Collaboration from 102 Different Groups Spanning the U.S. and Canada

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced 18 community grants today that will advance the quality of life in communities across the United States and Canada. SFI is bringing together a diverse range of people from 102 organizations to support community engagement projects. SFI engages local communities through a variety of initiatives including youth outreach, forest education programs, supporting tribal and Indigenous values, and green building projects for low-income families.


January 2018

"A Huge Problem in Plain Sight"" Untangling Heirs' Property Rights in the American South, 2001-2017

In the meantime, each family had to work at its own pace to resolve latent issues and reach agreement in order to secure land for future generations. StipeMaas said she found significance in the twists and turns of each case. “That’s one reason I love land,” she said. “You peel back the dreams, the aspirations, the hate, the love; every parcel is a novel.”


January 2018

Spring 2018 Georgia Landowner Academy to be Held in Fitzgerald

The Spring 2018 Georgia Landowner Academy will be held in historic downtown Fitzgerald in Ben Hill County. The sessions will be held every other Tuesday on the following dates:  Feb. 27, Mar. 13, Mar. 27, April 10, April 24, & May 8. 



May 2017

Junior League of Atlanta Awards $1M to Three Local Organizations

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Georgia Heirs Property Law Center and Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta's collaborative approach will help ensure that metro Atlanta clients of all three organizations receive the legal help and social services support that make a significant difference.



April 2017

Junior League Awards $1 million in Grants

The Generational Poverty Law Project received a $380,000 grant from JLA, and is a 3-year joint venture between Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Georgia Heirs Property Law Center and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.



April 2017

City observes Community Development Week

The City of Valdosta will observe National Community Development Week, April 17- 22, with various events that will highlight the year-round resources provided through the city’s Community Development Block Grant program.



January 2017

Inherited Property Puts Vulnerable Georgia Communities At Risk

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to completely transform and remake a neighborhood or you’re trying to preserve a neighborhood. Title is at the root of whether you’ll be successful in either case,” said Delene Porter, with the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center.



August 2016

Murky property titles dash home ownership dreams on Atlanta’s west side

For Campbell and other residents, years of paying a house’s insurance or tax bill does not give an occupant greater ownership rights, and neither do verbal agreements, said Claude C. Davis II, an attorney with The Georgia Heirs Property Law Center

So far, Davis has helped Campbell and 16 other households clear up title through the homeowner stabilization program