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Estate Planning for Farmers and Other Landowners

Estate Planning for Farmers and Other Landowners

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is it important for the farm to stay in the family?
  • Who will manage the land, pay the taxes, etc.?
  • Will your children get along after you are gone?
  • How will you ensure that farming-children have use of the land?
  • How will you provide a benefit to non-farming-children?

Topics Covered:

  • Succession planning
  • Problems created if there is no estate plan
  • Basic documents in an estate plan
  • Avoiding probate
  • Issues specific to estates owning land
  • Estate (death) taxes
  • Problems with joint ownership/management
  • Using a business entity to hold land and which entity to choose
  • Is a trust a better structure than a business entity

Locations, Dates, and Registration

All programs, except the Montgomery location, are from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Workshops are limited to the 24 individuals to allow for discussion during the program.


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Register Online or call the office for the program you would like to attend.

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Instructor: Robert A. Tufts

Robert is an Emeritus Professor at Auburn University where he taught for 36 years. He is currently a Visiting Professor with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in forestry from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in forestry from Virginia Tech. Robert has been an attorney since 1997 after earning a J.D. from Jones School of Law, Faulkner University and later an LLM (in taxation) from the University of Alabama. Robert teaches classes and presents workshops on estate planning, agricultural law and tax, property law, choice of business entity, and taxation of timber. He also has a part-time law practice concentrating in estate planning, tax and issues affecting landowners.