Georgia Heirs Property Law Center


Our Stories.

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A rural city leveraged $266,000 in HUD CDBG funds to repair historical mill houses. After they had the funds in hand and made verbal promises to the residents, they discovered that every single house they had planned to repair was heirs property and were thus not considered owner-occupied. All $266,000 had to be returned.

Adult siblings were able to save a family farm through the sale of a Wetland conservation easement to the USDA through their NRCS Wetlands Restoration Program only after they were able to resolve their heirs property legal issues.

A housing non-profit took 10 individuals through a year-long process to clean up their credit and prepare them for a housing rehab program. When it came time to close the forgivable rehab loans, the non-profit discovered that 9 out of 10 individuals lived in a house that was heirs property. Without clear title to their property, the participants were prohibited from moving forward. The Center now provides at-cost title searches for this non-profit and others for review before owners move forward with programs.

A participant in an Outreach Program in rural Georgia was inaccurately informed in 1980 when her husband passed away that as long as she kept her husband’s will in a safe place and had a copy of the will, she owned the land according to the terms of the will and did not need to probate the will. This misinformation created a risk that was easily remedied with adequate education. Because of the Center’s presentation, the owner is having the will probated, and the heirs property issues affecting this land are being remediated.