Opening the door to conversation throughout the lifetime of the farm operation helps with transition.
Planning for farm assets, rather than preparing for the heirs, can be a significant challenge in intergenerational planning.
Most involved in transition planning are highly concerned about issues such as taxes, powers of attorney, life insurance and probate tax.
Opening the door to conversation throughout the lifetime of the farm operation helps with transition, as does working together for the long-term, multi-generational success of the farm.
Delaney says even details such as consideration of the trustee and a beneficiary are important.
“The trustee is stepping into your shoes,” he explains. “This person must have a relationship with your beneficiaries that’s at least as healthy as the relationship you had with them, if not better.”
Nurture that relationship during planning, he says.