City of Sarasota to host free, Feb. 18 webinar on title assistance for homeowners

Focus will be on Newtown residents

A map shows the location of the Newtown Community Redevelopment Area. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

On Feb. 18, the City of Sarasota, in partnership with Legal Aid of Manasota, will host a free webinar aimed at assisting residents with title-related questions, especially in circumstances of a home inheritance, the city has announced.

Titled Protect Your Generational Wealth, the webinar is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, a news release says. Residents must register in advance at

“In communities throughout the country, generations of families live in houses and mobile homes to which they may be legally entitled, but for which they lack proper record title,” the news release explains. “Title problems often arise as a homeowner seeks to receive emergency relief for natural disasters, apply for home-improvement loans, participate in federal, state or local grant funding programs, acquire homestead exemptions or acquire permits for much-needed home repairs,” the release adds.

“The City wants to proactively educate the community to help prevent costly effects associated with complex title issues,” said Stevie Freeman-Montes, the city’s interim economic development manager, in the release.

“Although this webinar is open to all city residents,” the release notes, “community members who live within the boundaries of the Newtown Community Redevelopment Area will be eligible for additional funding assistance for associated legal costs to obtain clear titles. Legal costs can include the costs of recording official documents, completing title searches, archiving property records and much more.” Additional information on this service will be shared during the webinar, the release points out.

The free webinar also will teach participants how to look up title/deed details and plan for estate inheritance for their families, the release says.

To register in advance for the free webinar and to learn more, visit