Farming is a traditional way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation throughout our nation’s history, and our goal is to help farmers achieve their business and estate planning objectives. If you are a farmer, then you need an attorney who understands agribusiness and who will take the time to listen to you.
Farming is a way of life, but it is also a business, and, as a result, it entails many of the same challenges as any other business: the need for proper organizational and tax structuring, the requirement of various legal documents (organizational documents, leases, general contracts, etc.), the possibility of becoming involved in civil litigation, and other similar issues. Many farms are operated by two generations in an informal partnership, and these may benefit from a more formal structure, which defines the roles and scopes of authority of the individuals involved and which provides guidance regarding decision-making and buy-sell provisions. Oftentimes organization as a limited liability company may be advisable, and we will work with you to create the appropriate business structure for your needs.
In addition, family farms also create significant estate planning challenges in attempting to divide the estate in a way that is fair both to the children who work on the farm and those who do not, minimizing death taxes, and accomplishing overall estate planning objectives. Estate planning objectives can most easily be met by beginning the process early and by working with professionals who are experienced in assisting farmers deal with their unique needs. The attorneys of Miner & Lemon have many years of experience in working with farmers to craft plans that are designed to achieve complex goals and objectives, and whether your estate planning objectives require a Last Will and Testament or a Revocable Living Trust, we will work with you to create a plan that will address your unique concerns and accomplish your goals and objectives.
While farm planning can present a number of challenges, the attorneys of Miner & Lemon are experienced in working with farmers and their families to overcome these challenges. We have assisted families with less than a hundred acres and families with more than a thousand acres and significant investments in machinery and equipment. We never charge for initial farm and business planning consultations, and we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options and make recommendations.
If you are searching for experienced, client focused, and timely farm planning or agricultural law representation, we hope that you will contact our offices. We can help you and we look forward to serving all of your legal needs.
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