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Including Spouses in Farm Planning By: 03/20/2015 @ 1:10pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM: Can spouses of owners and successors be included in planning the future without causing business, family, and personal…

Financial Access for Off-Farm Owners By: 05/13/2014 @ 11:47am

How can an off-farm owner convince her sibling partner she has a right to farm financial information and a say in…

Committing to the Family Farm By: 03/20/2015 @ 1:03pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM: How can siblings and cousins feel secure in committing the most important years of…

Problem Solved! Dr. Jonovic Retires By: 03/18/2015 @ 11:25am

The letters from readers trickled in slowly at first. Most were handwritten, displaying a rural route return address. Some had precisely written script; others were a hurried scrawl.The contents, however…

4 Keys to Structuring Ownership Transfer Plans By: 02/20/2015 @ 10:22am

By Dr. Donald J. Jonovic THE PROBLEM: when designing ownership transfer plans for a large family/complex business, how can an owner determine the best entity structure? Submitted by A.Z., via email: My…

Is Your Estate Plan Right? By: 02/20/2015 @ 10:04am

By Dr. Donald J. Jonovic THE PROBLEM: Is there a way for non-lawyers to be sure their estate plan is exactly what they want and the documents are written correctly? Submitted by E.V., via email:…

Disagreeing and Disagreeable Children as Partners By: 01/21/2015 @ 2:39pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by S.W., via email: As a mother, I love my four children equally and have always wanted the best for each of them. What's making that hard is I'm now a…

Dividing Mixed-Together Assets By: 12/17/2014 @ 1:28pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicThe Problem: Are there any clear guidelines for dividing family assets when they are all mixed together with farmland and operating business assets?Submitted by C.S., via…

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