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If you need help with heirs’ property or if you want to learn about managing your land for timber to provide increased income for your family, the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation is providing a free educational seminar in Orangeburg.

Orangeburg County Council on Aging is sponsoring the seminar at its site at 2570 St. Matthews Road NE on Tuesday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend. Learn about wills, probating estates, the rights and risks of owning heirs’ property, and how to manage your forestland, so that you can decide what you want to do with your family land.

What is heirs’ property? In South Carolina, heirs’ property is mostly rural land owned by African-American families following emancipation. Much of this land was passed down through the generations without a will, so it is owned “in common” by multiple family members. Land owned in this way is easily lost through forced sales in the courts.

For more information, visit www.heirsproperty.org and watch a video at mrbf.org/storybank/value-land.

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