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The Tree That Owns Itself, Athens Georgia.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | April 27, 2018

No. 1,478

Of course, a tree cannot own land under the law, but everybody in Athens Georgia accepts the small testamentary land grant to a beloved tree, including the City, which maintains the tree.  Actually, the original tree, which was quite ancient, was destroyed in a wind storm in 1942 and community members planted a seedling decended from the original tree.  Locals call it the “Son of the Tree that Owns Itself.” If you wish to endow your favorite tree or pet, establish a testamentary  trust.

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