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Legal Issues and Structure

Farm Rental Agreement Checklist (Ohio State University Extension, 2001)
This document provides a good, brief list about the provisions that should go into a farm rental agreement.

Lease Agreement Guide for Landowners and Farmers(University of Vermont Extension, 2002)
This is a clear guide to lease agreements, and includes easy-to-understand steps and considerations for both parties in lease agreements.

Managing Prosperity: Estate and Retirement Planning for All Ages- Advance Medical Directives (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2009)
This publication from Virginia Cooperative Extension outlines advanced medical directives (also known as “living wills”), and includes suggestions for drafting these directives in Virginia.

Managing Prosperity: Estate and Retirement Planning for All Ages- An Introduction to Trusts(Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2009)
This publication from Virginia Cooperative Extension provides an overview of trusts, and how and why these trusts should be used.

Managing Prosperity: Estate and Retirement Planning for All Ages- Love, Marriage and Divorce (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2009)
This publication from Virginia Cooperative Extension provides an overview of the rights of spouses in property upon divorce, and how to take the possibility of divorce into consideration when developing a farm transition strategy.

Managing Prosperity: Estate and Retirement Planning for All Ages- Probate and the Probate Process (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2009)
This publication from Virginia Cooperative Extension provides an overview of the probate process used to settle the estate of those that have died, both with or without a will.

Managing Prosperity: Estate and Retirement Planning for All Ages- Rights of Surviving Spouses and Children(Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2009)
This publication from Virginia Cooperative Extension outlines the rights that surviving spouses and children have in Virginia when they perceive that the deceased failed to adequately provide for them.

Ownership Structures for Your Farm or Ranch: Some Basic Considerations(University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
This document describes the various ownership structures used to manage a farm business operation.

Risk Management Checklist (United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency)
This document provides information to farmers to help them evaluation their exposure to risk.