My mother's grandfather passed away in the 1950's and left property to his heirs, (6 children) in North Carolina. There are 5 acres left, 2 acres were already given to one son years ago. Since the original deed says "Heirs",does his family still own a piece of the 5 acres left? Also how does a person divide this land? Does it have to be surveyed? There is only 1 heir left (she has no children) but families of the others, including my mother are all over the place. My grandmother,deceased this year, was paying the taxes up until 2 yrs. ago, my mother has taken over paying the taxes, does that mean anything as far as property control? Does the one heir left have property control?