Thinking of selling some land? Have your eyes set on another parcel? If so, you might be able to take advantage of the replacement property rules to defer the capital gain on the parcel you want to sell. | File photo

Know the tax rules when selling and replacing farmland

Thinking about selling some of that farmland that is a little too far from home or that just isn’t the right fit for your operation? Have your eyes set on another parcel? If so, you might be able to take advantage of the replacement property rules to defer the capital gain on the parcel you […] Read more

There are certain tax rollover rules designed to facilitate transfer of land from parents to children to keep it in the family without being burdened by a tax bill. | Getty Images

Farmland transfer to children requires advance planning

The importance of land to a farm, and a farming family, cannot be understated. There is a finite amount of land available and in many circumstances, land remains within a farming family through generations. There are certain tax rollover rules designed to facilitate transfer of land from parents to children to keep it in the […] Read more

An executor acts as a trustee of the property in the estate and is therefore subject to the highest standard the law can impose: the fiduciary duty. | Getty Images

Executors have a high standard that they must meet

If you have been appointed as an executor under a deceased’s last will and testament, there are several things to keep in mind. The most important thing to remember is that an executor acts as a trustee of the property in the estate and is therefore subject to the highest standard the law can impose: […] Read more


Under an enduring power of attorney, you can appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf regarding your personal or property matters. | Getty Images

Who runs the farm when you’re not able to do it anymore?

You’ve worked hard to build up your farm. You’ve made all decisions for the farm. It’s your livelihood and it supports you and your family. Unfortunately, you’ve been in an accident that has left you without the capacity to make decisions. You’re still alive, but you aren’t able to farm anymore. What now? Who steps […] Read more

Succession planning focuses not only on the current circumstances of the farm, but the future of the farm and the goals of both the current and future generation of farmers. | Getty Images

Team approach can make succession planning easier

Just like no farm is exactly the same, it is unlikely that each farm’s succession plan will be the same. Succession planning focuses not only on the current circumstances of the farm, but the future of the farm and the goals of both the current and future generation of farmers. Succession planning varies from estate […] Read more


If you have any

What happens to your Facebook account when you die?

The car, the tractor, the shares in our farming corporation, the investments — these are the assets we usually think about when preparing our will. However, there is another group of assets that has become increasingly relevant in the last few years — digital assets. You might believe you don’t have digital assets, but the […] Read more

If you buy a used vehicle via private sale without searching the PPR, you might later discover that someone else has an interest in that vehicle for which debt is due and could be attempting to seize it. | File photo

Personal Property Registry provides valuable protection

The Personal Property Registry is a public, centralized, computerized system containing registrations related to security interests, such as liens, on personal property. The PPR is designed to provide users with a simple and reliable means to search for and register interests against personal property. The purpose of registering an interest in the PPR is two-fold. […] Read more

Many farms are in the middle of or preparing for a transition to the next generation. The legal struc-ture of the farm (proprietorship, partnership, corporation, joint venture) can help, or hinder, this transition. | Getty Images

Farms encouraged to consider setting up joint ventures

A farm’s overall success in the short and long term has a number of factors, chief among them being the blood, sweat, and tears of the men and women who operate them. Many farms are in the middle of or preparing for a transition to the next generation. The legal structure of the farm (proprietorship, […] Read more


Unanimous shareholders’ agreements help succession

An often-overlooked component of a business owner’s estate plan is a unanimous shareholders’ agreement. A USA can be a useful tool for estate planning purposes, especially in the context of the succession of a family farming corporation. Generally, a USA is an agreement that governs the conduct of a corporation and its shareholders. USAs can […] Read more

Capital gains exemption not as tax-free as you may think

Whether you are a tax expert or not, if you farm and personally own farmland or shares in a farming corporation, you are likely to have come across three words that sound like pure gold — capital gains exemption. However, there are three other words that almost always tag along where the CGE goes — […] Read more