Heirs Property and Tangled Title

When a property owner passes away without a will, "heirs property" happens. The property passes to multiple heirs. Co-owning property without the right legal tools causes tangled title. Without clear title to a property, it becomes difficult to sell the property, qualify for loans to fix it, and can even result in a forced sale and loss of the property completely. Tangled Title keeps families from building generational wealth.

Here's how you can prevent this:

  • Work with a reputable attorney to get a will even if you only own a portion of a property. The Muscogee County Coroner offers free assistance for those who can't access an attorney. Reach out to the office of Buddy Bryan at 706-653-3260.
  • Make sure the will is properly probated.
  • Educate yourself and your community about heirs property and tangled title. Check on the status of property owned by you and your loved ones.
  • If you think you have heirs property, call the Center at 706-424-7557 extension 1.
  • Visit the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center.
Carver Heights neighbor engages with Justin Krieg
A Carver Heights neighbor engages with Justin Krieg from Historic Columbus.
Neighbors learn about heirs property
Neighbors learn about heirs property from Delene Porter and Skipper StipeMaas from the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center.

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The Land Bank Authority of Columbus, GA is governed by a board of 7 volunteer members appointed by Council. We are fortunate to have a group of subject matter experts in real estate, banking, finance, and law to guide Land Bank activity. The Board welcomes the public to our open meetings. We want to hear your ideas for strengthening neighborhoods.

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