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Gentry Mander

  • Hosted by Georgia Heirs Property Law Center
  • Sponsored by Georgia Bar Foundation
  • Service location Atlanta, Georgia
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Georgia Housing Corps

The Project

Helping heirs property owners remediate fractured title, increase equity, and transfer wealth to the next generation through title clearing, wills creation, estate planning, education, and facilitating access to government, private sector, and non-profit home improvement programs.

Extensive research conducted in Georgia shows that heirs property exists in approximately 10% of the homes through rural and urban communities. Heirs property creates an unstable form of ownership that limits a family’s ability to build wealth and access the equity and their property. Heirs property often becomes abandoned, leaving taxes unpaid and a municipality unable to identify the owners to enforce local safety ordinances or acquire the land as part of community redevelopment efforts. Heirs property also hampers the efforts of non-profits and municipalities to preserve affordable housing and ensure safe habitable homes for low-income families.

Fellowship Highlights

During the Fellowship period, Gentry will:

  • Conduct intake calls with potential clients.
  • Lead family meetings to facilitate agreements regarding property goals.
  • Prepare estate plans.
  • Assist clients with family trees.
  • Assist clients with probate.
  • Prepare memoranda, court pleadings, motions and briefs.
  • Draft and record deeds.
  • Coordinate outreach and present training on heirs property remediation and prevention.

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