Mette, Evans & Woodside

Six Mette, Evans & Woodside Attorneys Named “Best Lawyers”

Attorneys Howell C. Mette, Timothy A. Hoy James A. Ulsh, Thomas A. Archer, Gary J. Heim and Mark S. Silver have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers® 2020.

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Will Your Whole Life Insurance Expire Before You Do?

Some farmers have purchased whole life insurance as an integral part of their estate/farm succession plan. Some of our clients, who have purchased whole life insurance as part of their farm succession plan, however, are discovering, unexpectedly, that their insurance may lapse before their deaths, whether automatically or due to unaffordable premium increases. 

Like Kind Exchange Land Owners

How Does a Like-Kind Exchange Work?

Most farmers and land owners have heard of a like-kind exchange, which goes by several other names, including a 1031 exchange or a tax-free exchange. The primary purpose of an exchange is to reduce the federal income taxes resulting from the sale of real estate.

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Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements in Farm Succession Planning

As part of the succession planning process, most farm owners anticipate the challenge of balancing the older (transferring) and the younger (receiving) generations’ financial needs. And, they know that a difficult decision about the fair distribution of assets among the on-farm and the off-farm children is inevitable. However, equally important in the succession planning process, discussing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements (“marital agreements”) comes as a surprise or is uncomfortable for many from a family or moral perspective.

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Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax – Agriculture/Family Business Exemptions

As Benjamin Franklin famously declared, the only things certain in life are death and taxes…but the ag/family business exemptions enacted in recent years are reducing the Pennsylvania inheritance taxes for many farm families. With proper planning and action, both before death and even after death, these inheritance tax savings can be substantial.

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Termination of Crop Lease by the Landowner

The majority of crop leases are verbal. This informality works in most instances and that is why so many crop lease arrangements are verbal or the original lease agreement has not been updated for a decade or longer. However, when the landowner unexpectedly terminates the lease, the loose legal terms can make the separation more challenging…and potentially expensive.