Holston Habitat for Humanity homeowners receive aid with estate planning

Contributed To The Press • Updated Dec 19, 2017 at 7:49 PM

With the blessing of owning a home, Habitat for Humanity homeowners also embrace many new responsibilities, including the opportunity to pass this valuable asset to the next generation.

Habitat homeowners learn about estate planning during a series of homeownership courses required by the Habitat for Humanity program. But few Habitat homeowners have the connection to the legal community to obtain estate planning documents. Noting this need, Legal Aid of East Tennessee connected Eastman Chemical Co.’s legal department with Holston Habitat for Humanity to provide a free estate planning clinic for Habitat homeowners.

“Holston Habitat appreciates the great work of Eastman’s attorneys and Legal Aid of East Tennessee. The Habitat homeowners who participated in this free clinic now each have a will and a medical power of attorney, assuring them that their wishes will be followed,” said Alanna Leonberg, Holston Habitat’s Homeowner Services Manager.

“Eastman has partnered with Holston Habitat for Humanity for more than thirty years. In addition to funding several homes, Eastman employees and retirees have donated thousands of volunteer hours, including many who offer skilled labor,” said Chrissy Idlette, global public affairs representative at Eastman. “We appreciate the opportunity to continue our partnership with Holston Habitat in such a meaningful and impactful way.”

Since 1985, Holston Habitat for Humanity has built 281 affordable new homes for families and individuals in Carter, Sullivan and Washington counties in Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia.

The partnership providing this legal clinic for Habitat’s many homeowners will help ensure a smooth, planned transition of these properties to the next generation. That is a blessing for these families, and for the community. Due to the success of this first clinic, a second clinic is being planned for early 2018.

For more information about volunteering with Holston Habitat for Humanity or about homeownership through Holston Habitat’s program, visit www.HolstonHabitat.org or call the office 423-239-7689.

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