An Heirs' Property Preservation Education seminar will be presented by the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Orangeburg National Guard Amory, 1645 Stonewall Jackson Blvd., Orangeburg.

Those who need information or help with heirs’ property or want help to grow trees or manage their land for timber are invited to attend the free seminar on heirs' property issues and resolution and forest management practices.

“The people of Orangeburg County have welcomed us with open arms, and we are most grateful,” said Jennie Stephens, the center's executive director. “We look forward to helping a lot of folks, and are proud that the combined legal and forestry services provided by the center are helping families keep their family land and unlock the economic value of landownership through forestry.”

To register for the seminar, call MAJ Cuttino at: 803-707-9785.

Good, legal information about owning heirs’ property and forestry information about managing timber will help individuals make good decisions about their family land.

In the Lowcountry, heirs’ property is mostly owned by African-American families who purchased or were deeded land after Emancipation. Much of this land has been passed down through the generations without a will, so it is owned “in common” by multiple heirs. Land owned in this way is easily lost through forced sales in the courts.

For more information, go to www.heirsproperty.org and take a look at the video at http://mrbf.org/storybank/value-land.

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