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Agricultural Law

For many years, HoganWillig has handled farm and stable sales, purchases, and financing matters. We have also assisted in the area of conservation easements; frequently in connection with the Western New York Land Conservancy.

Conservation Easements

Land is a very important asset of many New York families and over decades, passes from one generation to the next. Landowners want to protect future generations from being forced to develop or sell it, due to estate taxes, preserving its natural beauty and productivity into the future.

Conservation easement is one of the best options to protect future generations. Conservation easements allow land to remain undeveloped and privately-owned while allowing the continuation of forestry or agriculture. It is also possible that the landowners will see estate tax savings and income tax deductions when creating conservation easements.

Conservation easements permit you to dedicate lands that you own, typically rural or agricultural in nature, to conservational purposes. The dedication (through the filing of an easement) entitles you to a tax deduction for the value of your contribution.

The attorneys at HoganWillig have years of experience helping landowners protect their assets by implementing and negotiating conservation easements. We will walk you through the entire process, step-by-step, customizing easements to best fit your needs and explaining potential income and estate tax issues.

Protecting Farmers Rights

We represent farmers and agricultural producers in a wide range of legal matters in the agricultural industry. Our attorneys have experience in Federal Court, State Court, and arbitration and mediation proceedings. We have successfully defended clients and pursued claims on behalf of our clients relating to defective products, contract matters, crop losses, and sale and purchase disputes. We have also litigated cases involving injuries that occurred during farming operations. Our attorneys have experience utilizing alternative dispute resolution processes, such as presenting cases to arbitration panels, including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA).

We have a track record of holding corporations and government entities accountable for actions that have caused harm to our clients' farming operations. Whether your legal matter involves an issue relating to crop production, sales, and purchases, the use of agricultural products, or contract issues, our attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to assist you.

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