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Estate Planning for Your Horses: Protecting Your Horses if They Outlast You

It is 8:00 on a brisk, summer morning. You just finished your morning barn chores — the horses are fed, their stalls are clean. Your mare is peacefully grazing outside while her one-month-old filly prances around her; your...more

Tax And Business Planning For Farmers To Avoid Higher Taxes And Loss Of Subsidies

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (aka - the 2014 Farm Bill) has been controversial, to say the least. Among its many changes are an $8 billion cut to the “food stamp” program. The Farm Bill also drastically modifies or ends...more

Minnesota Gift and Estate Tax Law Changes

On May 23, 2013, Governor Dayton signed the Omnibus Tax Bill (“Tax Bill”) into law. The Tax Bill made significant changes to the Minnesota estate and gift tax laws. The following is a brief summary of a few of the most...more

Ag Groups Urge Action On Estate Taxes

More than 30 agriculture groups recently sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate urging them to provide farmers and ranchers with permanent relief from the estate tax....more

New law gives Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax exemptions for family farms

A recent law enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature will enable farmers to pass their family farms to future generations without having to pay Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax. With proper estate and tax planning, this law will...more

Farm Estate and Succession Planning: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

In the words of Alan Lakein, “[f]ailing to plan is planning to fail.” About 90% of farming operations do not survive the transition to the next generation. There are many possible reasons why a family farm does not succeed...more

Estate Tax Relief for Family Farms?

The Family Farm Preservation Act, signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley and taking effect July 1, 2012, aims to protect the future of family farms in Maryland by substantially reducing death taxes on many smaller operations. The...more

Client Data Sheet: Durable Power of Attorney for Property

This is a client data sheet used for the preparation of a Durable Power of Attorney for Property....more

Estate Planning: Joint Representation Disclosure and Consent

Spouses can have differing and sometimes sharply conflicting interests and objectives regarding their estate plan. Rincker Law, PLLC requires spouses to sign this Joint Representation Disclosure and Consent form in order to...more

Client Data Sheet: Last Will and Testament

This is a sample client data sheet given to prospective estate planning clients at Rincker Law, PLLC....more

McAfee & Taft: AgLINC: Agriculture & Equine Industry Legal Information News & Commentary - March 2010

Inside This Issue: 2 Landowner considerations when negotiating wind energy leases 3 Avoiding pitfalls associated with crop insurance 3 DOL issues rule change for workers on farms 4 Do you need to update your estate...more

Purchase of Development Rights: Another Option for Conservation Minded Landowners

Many landowners are familiar with conservation easements, a vehicle for preserving land in perpetuity, for which they can realize tax benefits. Few landowners, however, are aware of another option: selling the development...more

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