Stand Up to Protect Historic Heirs' Property in South Carolina! It's time to stop the corruption and illegal real estate transactions. More rights are needed for property owners!

We need your support for H.3325 – Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act. The bill is under review with a Sub-Committee of South Carolina State Senators.

Protecting heirs' property is a common concern for many African-American families in South Carolina with relatives living across various states. The current law is too loose and serves as a disadvantage to the families who are working to preserve their property.

The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act has been passed in Nevada, Georgia, Montana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Connecticut, and is still pending in a number of states. It is our hope that South Carolina can be added to this list next. The Act has been listed as suggested state legislation by the Council of State Governments. It has also been endorsed by the NAACP, ABA, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, American Planning Association, National Bar Association, and National Black Caucus of State Legislators, among others.

By passing this bill, it would allow families the right to work more closely together to preserve historic property once occupied by slaves and descendants of slaves. The bill provides an opportunity for families to decide collectively in a diplomatic manner a method to handle internal family assets without involving the courts. This bill is bigger than protecting property it is also about protecting a family’s legacy. It is about preserving culture. It is about creating generational wealth for families and narrowing the economic gap. This bill will also help protect families from illegal and unfair real estate transactions with greedy developers. Additionally, the passage of this bill will assist family members who reside outside of South Carolina to be more properly notified, informed, and engaged regarding their heirs' property rights within the Palmetto state. Your support and signature will make a difference in the lives of so many families!

Greetings,


We are reaching out to you to garner support and momentum for H.3325 – Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act as it is under consideration at the South Carolina Senate.  This issue has an increasing impact on African-American families in South Carolina.


WHY? Heirs Property – A Common Case Study among African-American families in the South. In 1897 Mr. Dennis Allen a descendant of slaves, started purchasing land on Hilton Head Island, SC.  By 1906, he had accumulated 38.5 acres.   Today, the property is the largest parcel of undeveloped land on the island.  Unfortunately, the Allen family has been in court since 2009, trying to deal with insurmountable legal issues relating to the property (clearing the title, family tree confirmation, and corruption) as a result of a family member who lives out of state solely listing the entire 38.5 acres for sale by signing a sales agreement.  The unity and peace within the family has been destroyed due to the loose rights with heirs property in South Carolina. The passage of H. 3325 will add a level of protection for historic African-American property in South Carolina. While these families try to work out their legal issues, they face threats of loosing their property to greedy real estate developers. They swarm the courtrooms and property like vultures waiting to take advantage of the many loopholes and loose language regarding heirs property rights. Many of these families are trying to preserve their property and create generational wealth. 


We need more voices and advocates to help pass H. 3325 – Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act.


The bill is currently in the senate under sub-committee review. The chair of the sub-committee is Senator Gerald Malloy. Other members of the committee include Senators A. Shane Massey, Sean Bennett, Kevin L. Johnson, and Paul Thurmond. By passing this bill, it would allow families the right to work more closely together to preserve historic property once occupied by slaves and descendants of slaves. The bill provides an opportunity for families to decide collectively in a diplomatic manner on how to handle internal family assets without involving the courts. This bill is bigger than protecting property it is also about protecting a family’s legacy. It is about preserving culture. It is about creating generational wealth for families and narrowing the economic gap. This bill will also help protect families from illegal and unfair real estate transactions. Additionally, the passage of this bill will assist family members who reside outside of South Carolina to be more properly notified, informed, and engaged regarding their heirs' property rights within the Palmetto state.


Can we count on you to be listed as a supporter of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act?


Learn more about H.3325 - Uniform Partition of Heirs' Property Act: http://openstates.org/sc/bills/2015-2016/H3325/


Thank you,


Heirs of Dennis Allen (4DennisMovement)


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Update #33 years ago
Watch our video in a tribute to Gullah Geechee Culture. See why land protection is important - Enjoy!
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Update #23 years ago
Please take a few minutes to watch this video which serves as a basis to why we need your signature and support. We invite you to join us on twitter at #4DENNISMOVEMENT
https://news.vice.com/video/a-vanishing-history-gullah-geechee-nation
Update #13 years ago
Thank you to all of our supporters. We are making great progress. The bill has passed in the South Carolina Senate and is now back in the House to approve the amendments. This is good news! We will continue to keep you posted.
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