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How Can You and Your Heirs Benefit from Contingency and Estate Plans?

What is contingency planning, and how can it benefit you, your estate, and your heirs?  Is your estate plan comprehensive enough to take into account the various events that could occur during your lifetime, including disability or other incapacitation?  Do you know who will manage your affairs if you are unable to do so on your own?  What can go wrong if you leave your farm to your children in equal shares? Listen to Polly discuss these topics with Pam Fretwell, the host of Straight from the Heartland, in an entertaining five-minute podcast originally broadcast on January 11, 2017....

Early Bird Rate Extended for Firm Friends! – 2016 Executive Women in Agriculture Conference

Wed., Nov. 30 – Fri., Dec. 2, 2016 – Palmer House Hilton – Chicago, Ill. I recently wrote here about what an incredible and educational conference this will be.  I’m pleased to announce that the sponsors of the conference are allowing me to offer the early bird discount to anyone who contacts me for conference tickets after November 8, 2016, which is when the early bird rate otherwise expires for the conference. The early bird price for producers is just $280 (compared to the regular price of $355). Want to learn more about the conference?  See the following links: More information about the conference Information about rates and hotel Conference Agenda Information about guest speaker Chef, Entrepreneur and TV Star Vivian Howard Don’t Delay – Contact Me to Get the Early Bird Discount! Take advantage of the early bird discount and call me, and I’ll let you know who to contact for this...

2016 Executive Women in Agriculture Conference

2016 Executive Women in Agriculture Conference Wed., Nov. 30 – Fri., Dec. 2, 2016 – Palmer House Hilton – Chicago, Ill. Women today make up more than 30% of farm operators.  As farming technology, regulations, and operations are becoming increasingly complex, it is more important than ever to be continuously educated on farming best practices. While I will not be speaking at this year’s Conference, I would highly encourage all of those involved in family farming operations to attend.  Now in its 6th year, the Conference is expected to be attended by nearly 250 producers and agribusiness professionals from 25 states and Canada.  The Conference promises to be exciting and highly educational. The Conference kicks off with an evening networking event on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 and concludes on Friday, December 2. Please note that the early bird registration rate for producers of $280 ends on November 8, 2016! The standard rate for producers of $355 begins on November 9.  The Agribusiness organization standard rate is $1495 for non-conference sponsors, and the student rate is $195. Please click here to see more information about the Conference and agenda, and also to...

2016 Farm Journal Legacy Conference

Take your succession planning a step further! Join me at this year’s Farm Journal Legacy Conference, which will  be held at the Marriott Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Missouri, from December 8-9, 2016. The conference will provide in-depth strategies on succession planning and related family matters, and will be presented by nationally recognized experts in farm succession planning. I’m honored to be joining Paul Neiffer, the Farm CPA, for a two-part general session titled “Tax and Legal Strategies for Family Farm Transitions.” I will also be presenting at a breakout session titled: “Beyond the Simple Will:  More Estate Planning Now, Less Fighting Later.” Click here to see the full agenda. Want to save money on the Conference Fee? Click here to register, and use the discount code “SpeakerGuest” to receive an additional $30 off the early bird rate and pay only $179 (early bird rate is $209 until November 11, 2016).  The normal conference fee is $309. Please share the information about the conference and the discount code to friends, family, and others who may be interested in farm succession planning. I hope to see you there, and look forward to your...

Matt Folz One Year Firm Anniversary

Celebrating Matt’s One Year Anniversary at the Firm! It’s hard to believe, but one year has now passed since Matt Folz joined our firm.  When Matt first started practicing with us, we were hiding in this very large building (which was undergoing extensive exterior renovations), waiting on computers to be delivered and furniture to be put together so that our law practice could open. Thankfully the computers arrived quickly, the furniture was assembled, and we were able to get our firm off the ground. Matt was extremely helpful throughout our renovation process (that is to say, helping move furniture and equipment – not exactly what is taught in law school!).  Our team has now grown to four professionals. More importantly, of course, has been Matt’s contributions to our firm’s clients and assisting in their matters.   I would like to take a moment and thank Matt for his contributions over the past year, on behalf of the firm and our...