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Estate Planning for Farm and Ranch Owners: Key Issues for Planners and Administrators

Ownership Structures, Effective Transfer Methods, Income and Estate Tax Considerations, Estate Administration Challenges

Recording of a 90-minute CLE/CPE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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This CLE/CPE course will guide estate planners and administrators on the critical legal challenges of estate planning for farmers. The panel will discuss the uniqueness of estate planning for farmers and ranchers, ownership structures and associated risks, and critical estate administration challenges and pitfalls that can be avoided.


Estate planning for farmers and ranchers involves unique challenges that differ from that of other clients. State regulations and developments from the IRS significantly impact the implementation of income and transfer tax planning for farm and ranch businesses. As a result, estate planners and administrators must understand particular rules and considerations applicable to farmers and farm assets.

For farms and farm assets, transitions can be a lengthy and complicated process upon a decedent's death. The scope of the farm, type of assets, and the stakeholders' goals drive estate planning. Various mechanisms involve a careful analysis of ownership structures, income, estate taxes, lifetime financial transfers, and other items crucial in avoiding devastating pitfalls in the estate planning and administration of farm assets.

Listen as our panel discusses issues impacting estate planning for farmers and ranchers. In addition, the panel will review ownership structures and related issues, methods to transfer farm assets and income, and overcoming and avoiding pitfalls that arise prior to and after death of a farmer and rancher.



  1. Estate planning for farms and ranches versus traditional planning
  2. Ownership structures and associated risks
  3. Dealing with the transition nuances
  4. Pitfalls in estate planning and overcoming administrative challenges


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How does estate planning for farmers differ from that of other clients?
  • What are the most effective ownership structures and related risks?
  • What transfer methods are available, and how to best avoid potential planning pitfalls?


Kho, Amy
Amy Wegner Kho

The Germany Law Firm

Ms. Kho practices principally in the areas of estate planning, succession planning for family businesses, specifically...  |  Read More

Payne, David
David Payne

Ozarks Legacy Law

Mr. Payne has worked in a wide variety of cases for a wide variety of clients. He has over 20 years of experience...  |  Read More

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