“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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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