Category Archives: Estate Planning

May 12, 2017 Weekly Round Up

We’ve made it to Friday yet again!  Here are some of the legal issues in the news this week. * EPA seeks input from governors on revisions to WOTUS rule.  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sent a letter this week to the 50 state governors seeking input from them on the re-write of the WOTUS rule.  He noted the value and importance of local input when writing the new rule.  [Read article here.] * Federal judge dismisses legal challenge to North Carolina lawsuit over Property Protection Act.  A federal… Read More →

April 28, 2017 Weekly Round Up

It’s an uncommon occurrence for me, but this week I’ve not been on the road!  I did make a presentation via internet technology to a great group of East Texas producers at the Select Beef Producers Meeting on Wednesday.  To those of you joining from that group, welcome! Here are a few ag law stories in the news this week. * President Trump Issues Executive Order “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America.”  On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order creating the “Interagency Task Force and Agriculture… Read More →

April 21, 2017 Weekly Round Up

It has been quite a busy few weeks around here, I apologize for the lack of round up posts.  Towards the end of March, I did an online presentation for folks out in Culberson County and then made my way to two great conferences, the Four States Forage Conference in Texarkana and the Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association Convention in San Antonio.  So far in April, I’ve been burning up the road and made trips to an extension program in Snyder and a wonderful inaugural Women in… Read More →

March 17, 2017 Weekly Round Up

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all!  And welcome to those of you joining from the Fannin County Ag Law Program we had last week in Bonham.  It was a great turn out and a wonderful audience. Here are some of the ag law stories in the news this week. *Travis County Court issues Temporary Restraining Order in case over feral hog poison.  The issue of feral hogs is one that has caused problems across Texas.  One product on the market for controlling feral hogs is warfarin-based Kaput. The… Read More →

March 3, 2017 Weekly Round Up

I’m sorry for missing our Round Up last Friday, I was out with sick little ones.  Hopefully now, we are all on the mend. Here are some of the ag law stories in the news recently. * How to audit your farm’s I-9 forms.  Current immigration issues and discussions have had a lot of folks really paying attention to their employee paperwork.  Remember, all employers must have I-9 forms on file for all employees.  For more background info on this requirement and the nuts and bolts of completing… Read More →

February 3, 2017 Weekly Round Up

I’m not quite sure how we are already a month into 2017, but here we are.  In the last couple of weeks I have traveled to speak at Extension meetings in Dumas and Lubbock.  Welcome to those of you joining from those meetings! Here are some of the ag law stories in the news. *10 Texas oil and gas cases to watch.  Chris Halgren compiled a list of 10 Texas Supreme Court cases dealing with oil and gas law worth watching in 2017.  His post provides a short… Read More →

January 20, 2017 Weekly Round Up

Right-to-farm Supreme Court arguments heard at Colony High School This week I traveled to Lockney for the Caprock Crops Conference.  As usual, this was a great conference.  Thanks to Caitlin and Cristen for inviting me to present.  To those of you joining from that meeting, welcome!  Here are some at law stories in the news this week. * US Supreme Court will hear WOTUS dispute over jurisdiction, no merits to be considered.  The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari in a dispute involving where challenges to the… Read More →

January 13, 2017 Weekly Round Up

Hello!  I am excited to be back in the saddle with Weekly Round Up posts.  I appreciate all of your kind words and well wishes while I was off on maternity leave to welcome home our daughter, Harper. There is sure no shortage of ag law news to report on this week.  Here are some of the big stories. * Texas producers reject Indemnity Fund assessment.  The Texas Department of Agriculture announced that recent voting on whether to create an assessment on grain sales to fund a sort of… Read More →

Reminder: Check Your Beneficiaries!

A Dallas Court of Appeals decision offers an important reminder for everyone to consider…be sure to check your beneficiaries designated to receive payment upon death for items like life insurance policies, pensions, or Transfer on Death accounts.  Failure to do so can lead to unintended and unfair consequences for the loved ones left behind. Switzer v. Vaughan In this case, a dispute arose when David Eric Switzer passed away in 2014.  From 2007 to 2009, Eric dated a co-worker named Kay.  During that time, Eric designated Kay as his… Read More →

Questions from Tiffany’s Desk: Should we be worried about estate taxes?

Question:  This one actually came from conversations with my own family, during which several family members raised concerns about having to pay federal estate taxes after the older generation of the family passed away and the farm was left to the younger generation.  Realizing how many misconceptions there are about the current status of the federal estate tax, I thought a blog post offering some basic information might be helpful. Answer:  For the vast majority of farm and ranch families (estimated at 98%), the federal estate tax will… Read More →