Estate Planning

Farm and ranch estate planning news and features. Find info that will help your farm family with business management, legal issues and succession planning.

Giving Up the Farm but not the Work By: 04/24/2015 @ 1:58pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicThe Problem: Can an older farm owner continue doing what he loves and still pass ownership and responsibility to the next generation?Submitted…

Watch Online: Why Farm Transitions Need a Woman's Leadership By: 11/06/2015 @ 10:00am

Transition planning is optional ... kind of. If you don’t really value your family relationships and don’t mind if…

The Confidence Factor: Farm Successors Need Experience By: 12/21/2015 @ 11:24am

By Mark JunkinEvery golf caddy knows there’s a big difference between swinging a club perfectly and handing the golf…

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2016 Commodity Classic: Jolene Brown Tackles Transition Plans By: 01/28/2016 @ 2:29pm

It’s a story that’s all too familiar in agriculture. Promises are spoken and broken, facts are assumed, habits are hardened, and before you know it, families are fighting on the way to the funeral…

Let Children's Farm Contributions Drive Your Inheritance Plan By: 11/05/2015 @ 4:13pm

Keeping the Family Farm in the Family is Michael Baron’s business logo for good reason. After more than 30 years of counseling farmers and ranchers about their estate plans, too often he's seen cases in…

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 problems?Submitted by C.V., via email:Everything I…

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 their careers to their family's farm?Submitted by B.Y., via email:Over the past 10…

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…

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