Center for Heirs' Property Preservation
Created in 2002 as a pilot project, but now a separate nonprofit entity, the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation has a mission of preserving heirs' property and history while promoting equitable growth throughout the Lowcountry. The Center accomplishes this mission by providing educational and legal services to (1) low-wealth heirs' property owners, (2) nonprofit organizations serving heirs' property owners, (3) attorneys defending and judges adjudicating heirs' property cases, and (4) the community at large in Lowcountry region of South Carolina. The Center targets heirs who inherited land and are potentially threatened with losing it due to the fact that the property passed by intestate succession rather than under a will. Heirs' property rights are vulnerable due to the potential for conflict among multiple heirs and the likelihood that such a conflict would result in a loss of the land.