Heirs’ Property Preservation Project

Heirs’ Property Preservation Project

The Heirs’ Property Preservation Project helps families address and prevent the fracturing of title that occurs when land is passed down informally from generation to generation. The project helps family landowners resolve title issues in order to enjoy increased economic benefits and intergenerational wealth transfer.

We do this through legal outreach presentations, community legal clinics offering wills and estate planning, and direct legal assistance.

In the summer of 2018, there will be 2 classes offered as part of the project:

  • Heirs’ Property Intersessions: in these two week intersessions, you can earn 2 hours of law school credit while serving family landowners. During the first intersession week, you will learn substantive law related to the creation and resolution of heirs’ property and pre-trial lawyering skills such as client interviewing and fact investigation. During the second intersession week, we will travel to South Arkansas to interview heirs’ landowners, research property records, and learn about the economic opportunities available to rural landowners. This class is open to all students who have successfully completed Real Property II.
  • Heirs’ Property Clinic: In this 2 credit legal clinic, you will provide direct legal representation to family landowners on cases involving heirs’ property. This course will include evening and weekend activities to afford part-time students an opportunity to engage in real life legal cases. This course is only open to students who have completed the Intersession courses and professional responsibility.

Successful completion of all four credit hours will satisfy the clinical experiential learning requirement.