Heirs Property: Wake County, NC

Identifying Heirs Property: A Case Study of Wake County, North Carolina

(Under the direction of William Rohe)


Heirs property is a significant legal issue for homeowners and communities across the American southeast. Previously, however, it was difficult to assess know the extent of heirs property; therefore it has been difficult to assess its impact on communities. This paper proposes a method for identifying heirs property and judging community impact and uses Wake County, North Carolina as a case study for these methods. The second part of this paper discusses current and proposed options for communities dealing with heirs property.