Free Workshops for Landowners with Heirs’ Property and Title Problems on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

On Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc., will conduct free informational workshops for landowners with heirs’ property and other land-title problems on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  The workshop will offer landowners the opportunity to meet one-on-one with volunteer lawyers to learn more about heirs’ property, land-title issues and how to protect their land.
Heirs’ property is land whose ownership has become increasingly divided with the passing of each generation.  Without access to sound legal guidance, many landowners were unable to draft wills or otherwise plan for the disposition of their estates.  The result is heirs’ property, which affects African Americans across the South.

Owners of heirs’ property often do not have access to the benefits of land ownership that other property owners take for granted: the ability to sell property or to obtain a mortgage, credit, or certain forms of insurance.  Owners may also be at risk of losing land that has been in their family for generations.

Two Heirs’ Property Workshops will be offered:

Friday, September 24, 2010
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Harriet Tubman Museum, 424 Race Street, Cambridge, MD.

Saturday, September 25, 2010
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market Street, Denton, MD

Representatives from the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Mid-Shore Pro Bono and other Eastern Shore organizations will also be present to offer additional information about programs to benefit landowners.  Residents of the Eastern Shore are encouraged to bring any questions related to heirs’ property and land ownership.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment; voting; education and environmental justice.  For more information about the LCCRUL, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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