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Death, taxes and change are certainties

In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Our new Constitution is now established and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.”

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Friday 04/14/2017
Good fences make good neighbors
Posted: April 14, 2017

As the grass starts to grow each spring, it makes me think of turning cows with baby calves out to pasture for the first time.  

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Friday 03/17/2017
Rule from the grave or guide from the grave?
Posted: March 17, 2017

Over the years, we have had many clients make the comment that they want to accomplish their estate planning goals but not to the extent that they would be “ruling from the grave.”

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Strategies seek ‘fair’ division of estate
Posted: February 17, 2017

How do you decide what is a fair (equal) inheritance for your children when you own a family farm?

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Friday 01/20/2017
‘Fair’ plan is matter of perspective
Posted: January 20, 2017

Abraham Lincoln once said, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” What people perceive is usually what they believe.

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Friday 12/16/2016
Send a message to a time you may never see
Posted: December 16, 2016

Our children are an opportunity for us to send a message ahead to a time that we may never see. A Facebook post of all places reminded me of this recently. Maybe some of you saw it, too.

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Friday 11/18/2016
Thankful to ‘do what Dad does’
Posted: November 18, 2016

One of the unique challenges of production agriculture is the cyclical nature of our growing season. Each crop year can be vastly different. We cannot afford to rest on short-term accomplishments, nor should we dwell on short-term disappointments.

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Friday 10/21/2016
Many options possible for asset transfer
Posted: October 21, 2016

A reader sent in a question about using a corporation for farm transfer:

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Friday 09/16/2016
Uniting in the spirit of partnership
Posted: September 16, 2016

Fifteen years ago, our nation mourned as nearly 3,000 Americans, including 400 firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel, perished in terrorist attacks on our own soil.

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