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Our Partners This project is funded by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is a collaboration among the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, and Heyman Legal.
How to choose an attorney and items to take to the attorney appointment.
Stock and Leader, Attorneys at Law
Description of Business: Stock and Leader is a regional law firm offering legal services within practice areas pertaining to business, personal and public sectors. We have a collaborative approach that spans across various practice areas, meaning our clients are able to leverage expertise in specific areas of practice without sacrificing access to a global legal team perspective. Our clients get comprehensive results because we leverage our entire house of talent in their favor. It makes our approach uniquely Stock and Leader. Specialty Areas: Business Operations - The formation of an agribusiness and its ultimate growth demands creativity, direction, prudence, and resources. Our attorneys share your vision of a well-planned, organized, and successful business and are prepared to assist you with issues involving: entity formation, contract preparation, review and analysis, financing, and registration requirements. Environmental & Regulatory - Regulatory compliance and disputes with neighbors and local communities are major issues facing many agribusinesses. Our attorneys are prepared to assist you in resolving these issues, as well as providing counsel on a variety of other issues including: permitting, neighbor complaints, compliance with EPA, DEP, and Conservation District rules and regulations, water rights and discharges, stormwater issues, endangered species, historical and cultural resources, environmental credit trading (carbon credits, wetland banking, and water quality credits), waste management, odor and nutrient management, biosolids and other land application issues, land development, air permitting and compliance. Estate & Succession Planning - Planning ahead for your loved ones and your business is crucial to preserving your legacy and the legacy of your operation. Our attorneys have the depth and knowledge to guide you through the planning process, offering services such as: wills, living wills (medical declarations), trusts, federal estate tax analysis and recommendations, gift tax analysis and recommendations, powers of attorney (financial, healthcare, general), review and assessment of existing estate plans, guardianships, preservation of income and assets, elder law, Medicaid planning, and charitable giving. Land Use and Zoning - Changes or new construction on your property could give rise to a slew of local zoning and code enforcement issues. Our attorneys are experienced in helping landowners comply with local ordinances by providing representation before zoning hearing boards, and have defended clients in exercising their land use rights by successfully using Pennsylvania’s Right to Farm Act and the ACRE law (Act 38), both designed to protect agricultural operations against improper zoning and nuisance ordinances. Land Preservation - Whether you are preserving your farm through state and local agencies or through a non-profit entity, we can help you with each stage of the process. Litigation - Protecting the integrity and sustainability of your farm or agribusiness may at times require legal action. If a claim has been brought against you or your operation, it is imperative that you have a practical and experienced attorney at your side. Real Estate - Real estate may be your operation’s largest asset. Trust our dedicated team of real estate attorneys for answers on issues involving: the sale and transfer of property, lease preparation and review, lease disputes, title searches, title insurance, 1031 tax free exchanges, and the Clean and Green program. Years of Experience: 21 or more Time Spent on Ag-Related Work: 11 to 20% Number of Farm Clients or Projects Per Year: Over 15 Raised on Farm? Yes Personal Experience Farming? Yes
The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing
This website has been developed by the Drake Agricultural Law Center with the following purposes in mind. To make "the Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing" more accessible, To create an extensive checklist to help ensure essential legal issues are addressed, To provide regular updates on direct farm marketing law and policy, and To allow readers to ask questions directly to Center staff and law students.
The Agricultural Law Resource & Reference Center
It is designed to provide the highest-quality educational programs, information and materials to those involved or interested in agricultural law and policy.
National Agricultural Law Center
Agricultural law research and information facility that is independent, national in scope, and directly connected to the national agricultural information network.
Mette, Evans & Woodside Attorneys at Law
Contact Person: Gary J. Heim, Esquire Description of Business: Statewide agricultural law practice Specialty Areas: Farm succession/transition planning with an emphasis on oil and gas issues Years of Experience: 21 or more Time Spent on Ag-Related Work: Over 20% Number of Farm Clients or Projects Per Year: Over 15 Raised on Farm? Yes Personal Experience Farming? No
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