Heirs Property CLE: Understanding the Concept to Protect Ownership and Prevent Land Loss
Join us March 16, 2021 from 12-1:30pm
Sponsored by: Black Family Land Trust, Inc. / Virginia State Bar, Access to Legal Services / Virginia’s United Land Trusts
Heirs property refers to land that has been passed down informally from generation-to-generation, often without written wills, which is now owned by cousins or more remote relatives, possibly of multiple generations. Heirs property creates social issues and impacts disadvantaged communities the hardest.
In 2020 Virginia adopted major provisions of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA) to help prevent involuntary loss of family land and the associated real estate wealth of that family land through a hierarchy of rights and remedies for tenant-in-common owners in a partition action.
Virginia’s approach to the UPHPA preserves traditional elements of Virginia’s partition law (in-kind partition preference) while adopting major provisions of the UPHPA, with these new provisions integrated into Virginia’s partition statute for all cases, not just Heirs Property.
The webinar will also address Barriers to Resolving Title Problems and Preventing Heirs Property.
****CLE credits have been applied for.
Ryan A. Brown, Esq., Arlington Law Group
Brett Glymph, Esq., Executive Director Virginia Outdoors Foundation
Stephen W. Lemon, Esq., Martin, Hopkins & Lemon, P.C.