• Congressman Al Lawson and CAFS students at the Farmer's Roundtable event. 
  • Harambee Festival - Learning about insects. 
  • Dr. Mbuya explaining the importance of water quality and the impacts of contamination. 
  • Goat meat cooking demonstration conducted by Cooperative Extension. 
  • CAFS Living Learning Students(LLC) students inspecting bee colonies. 

Family Heirs' Property

Family Heirs' Property is defined as land, homestead, and/or other real estate passed down informally from generation to generation.  This situation often results in cloudy titled property than can block access to the equity or surplus value inherent in property as prescribed in capitalistic societies.

Situations that create Family Heirs' Property issues:

  • Landowners who die without a will.  
  • Landowners who die with a will, but heirs are not identified. 
  • Landowners die with heirs identified, but there is insufficient language delineating each heir's inheritance as distinct from the other heirs.                                                                                                                        

As a result, property owners cannot identify which piece of the inherited property they own.  Therefore, the title (ownership/use rights) to the property is ambiguous preventing heirs from reaping the financial benefits normally available to private property owners.

FAMU Cooperative Extension seeks to:

  • Provide educational programs that increase knowledge and skills among property owners, private and public stakeholders, and other entities about the title clearing process.   
  • Increase the number of propety owners who clear title to their property, creating a pathway to access financial resources available through the federal government and financial institutions. 
  • Develop and implement a viable family conflict resolution model. 
  • Facilitate the development of a private/public consortium to lead state and regional public policy initiatives relative to Family Heirs Property. 


Program Leader:

Sandra Thompson, Ed.D

Telephone: (850) 561-2190
Email: sandra.thompson@famu.edu