Learn more about heirs’ property issues from landowners, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. Panelists in the video above are Delmer C. Stamps, Stamps Farms, LLC; Gloria Gross, Trustmark bank; and Marcus Bryant, Old Republic Title. Mississippi Center for Justice President and CEO Vangela M. Wade serves as moderator.
The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ) protects heirs’ property and promotes its sustainable use to provide increased economic benefit to historically underserved landowners.
Through education and direct legal services, we hope to serve, support, and empower heirs’ property owners and their communities throughout Mississippi. Ultimately, we want to offer services that will help heirs’ property owners keep, protect and utilize their land for generations to come, while protecting it from the pitfalls of predatory developers and timber harvesters, tax sales and forced partition sales.
These more advanced legal services are the tools used to prevent and/or clear the title to the heirs’ property and have the property transferred (legally) into the name(s) of the current living owners.
Clients are responsible for any “costs” associated with their case. Title searches, deed recording fees, survey costs, court filing fees, service of process, and publication costs are examples of “costs” in some cases. These are basically things outside parties do for the client (such as a title search) or charges levied by others (such as court filing fees) that will need to be paid as the client works on his/her case. Even with costs, we do not order such a service until the client approves that cost and provides the funds. In other words, we never send the client a bill for something that has already been done and for which they are “on the hook to pay for”…if a title search is needed, we help client get quotes (if they so choose) and the client decides who they want to use and when the client provides the money for the title search, we will order the title search. If the client never provides the money for the title search, we will never order the title search.