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Posted on January 2, 2019

Dealing with the death of spouse or other family member is difficult. While they are still grieving, surviving family members can be targeted by debt collectors and led to believe that they are responsible for paying their loved ones’ debts. Family members are also frequently unaware that the probate process provides financial protections for surviving spouses and minor children. This webcast will provide an overview of the following:

• What happens when a family member dies with and without a last will and testament;
• What it means to probate an estate and how the probate process works;
• The extent to which surviving family members are liable for a deceased relative’s debts; and
• How surviving spouses and minor children can obtain additional protections through year’s support petitions.

This webcast is recommended for housing nonprofits and nonprofits with large homeowner and/or senior client bases.

The Building Generational Wealth webcast series is offered by the Generational Poverty Law Project, a partnership between Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and Georgia Heirs Property Law Center and funded by The Junior League of Atlanta.

Speaker: Joann E. Johnston, Legal Programs Director and Gentry E. Mander, Equal Justice Works Georgia Housing Corps Fellow

Click here to view the webcast.

Posted on November 28, 2018

This webcast is part of the Building Generational Wealth webcast series which helps nonprofits better serve their low-income clients.

Kinship Care is not a new concept. Having a relative help out with the children when someone is in need has been happening as long as there have been families. The struggles of modern life have made the care more crucial as the times have changed and we have moved to a more nuclear family model. But what happens when there is no nuclear family? Who takes care of the children and how? Atlanta Legal Aid has worked with relative caregivers for over twenty years to provide legal assistance and resources to assist in stabilizing families in crisis. With your help we can make sure that these families know that we are here and what services we can offer them. This webcast will provide a primer on custody law for non-lawyers, and discuss some of the issues that non-parents may face as they step in to take care of the children. We will provide the following:

– Overview of Kinship Care Project
– Discussion on Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Third Party Custody Actions
– Discussion on Juvenile Court Services
– Discussion on Public Benefits available to assist low-income caregivers
– Discussion on Adoption as an Option

The Building Generational Wealth webcast series is offered by the Generational Poverty Law Project, a partnership between Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and Georgia Heirs Property Law Center and funded by The Junior League of Atlanta.

Speaker: Jacqueline L. Payne, Project Director, Kinship Care Project, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.

View the webcast here.

Posted on June 28, 2018

Homeownership has served as a cornerstone of stability and wealth-building for millions of American families. The process of buying and owning a home comes with challenges, however, and the dream of homeownership can draw scam artists and other predatory actors. Atlanta Legal Aid works with homebuyers and homeowners to protect them from the pitfalls and dangers that come with homeownership. We want your help in making sure that members of the Atlanta community have access to good advice when they are facing questions about homeownership.

This webcast will provide an overview of the following:

  • Overview of the typical home buying process;
  • Predatory products and scams;
  • Practices for maintaining affordability; and
  • The foreclosure process and how to avoid it.
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    Posted on May 14, 2018

    Most nonprofit and governmental programs targeted at homeowners require that owner-occupiers have clear title to their home, which is especially difficult for those who live in homes inherited from family members. This webcast will provide an overview of the following:

      – What clear title and heirs property means;
      – Potential resolution strategies for heirs property owners;
      – Resources for owners dealing with heirs property and other title issues; and
      – The importance of requiring estate planning as part of nonprofit housing programs.

    This webcast is recommended for housing nonprofits and nonprofits with a large homeowner client base.

    Presenters:
    Georgia Heirs Property Law Center’s Executive Director Skipper G. StipeMaas, and Legal Programs Director Joann E. Johnston

    Please click on this link to view the webcast.

    The Building Generational Wealth webcast series is offered by the Generational Poverty Law Project, a partnership between Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and Georgia Heirs Property Law Center and funded by The Junior League of Atlanta.