A 2013 tax law change–the portability rule–can simplify farm and ranch estate planning. Farm and ranch families still need to do estate planning to develop and implement farm or ranch business transition plans so that the farm or ranch can continue to be successfully operated by the next generation. This Q&A addresses a number of questions.
In today's tight agricultural economy, a lender may require you to provide additional loan collateral—including land—as a condition for receiving continued operating credit. For example, if your carryover operating debt is $160,000, the lender might suggest moving the loan onto some land, machinery, or other property that is clear of debt.
When an ag lender denies an operating loan for the next year and new funding sources are sought, a subordination agreement may be helpful in securing new credit while still laying out a payment plan for existing debt. Here’s what to consider.
Parents co-signing loans for their children is common in agriculture. Traditionally, it has happened when a younger producer needs a loan for major purchases such as land, livestock, or farm equipment. Given current low crop prices and thin operating margins, parents also may be asked to guarantee payment of a child's debt when the younger producer is having difficulty repaying a loan. While no one wants to see a financial loss for their children, parents need to carefully consider the potential for losing a significant amount of their savings before signing on the bottom line.
Before signing a solar lease, consider how it may impact your taxes, insurance, federal agriculture programs, and other property rights such as oil and minerals. This article looks at solar leases and points to consider in Nebraska.
What happens if you die without leaving a will or trust? This article explains the provisions in Nebraska laws for administering your estate and transferring your assets, as well as who may have to pay inheritance taxes.