Workshop Recap: Understanding Heirs’ Property

Thursday 04 April 2024

By Jonathan Evans

On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Winston County Self Help Cooperative hosted Alcorn State University’s Heirs’ Property Workshop. Several distinguished speakers graced the gathering, each a beacon of knowledge in their respective fields. Attorney Andrea Barnes, a legal expert from the Mississippi Center for Justice, Dr. Rebecca Smith, a renowned figure from Mississippi State University Extension, Janice Harris, and Manola Erby brought their wealth of expertise to the forefront.

Attorney Andrea Barnes emerged as a guiding light, shedding light on a fundamental misconception prevalent among many attendees: the misconception that merely covering someone’s property tax obligations translates to ownership rights. With clarity and precision, Attorney Barnes emphasized the crucial distinction between financial responsibility and legal ownership, urging attendees to prioritize the clearance of titles and the establishment of comprehensive wills or deeds.

At the workshop, Dr. Smith explained the pivotal role of proper financial management in preserving and transferring property assets across generations. One of Dr. Smith’s key contributions highlights the symbiotic relationship between wills, deeds, and overall financial health. She underscored how a well-crafted will or deed is a cornerstone of estate planning, providing a roadmap for the orderly distribution of assets and realizing one’s legacy. Moreover, Smith emphasized the importance of aligning these legal instruments with broader financial goals, such as wealth preservation, tax efficiency, and intergenerational wealth transfer.

In summary, the Alcorn State University Heirs’ Property Workshop was not just an event but a catalyst for change. It served as a cornerstone in the ongoing effort to educate and empower individuals facing heirs’ property issues. By providing expert guidance, fostering meaningful dialogue, and inspiring action, the workshop left an indelible mark on all those who attended, reaffirming the importance of securing property rights for present and future generations.

Be sure to view photos from this event under “Media.”

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