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Updated farm estate planning book out

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The 17th edition of "Farm Estate and Business Planning" by Dr. Neil Harl is now available.
This 471-page, soft-cover book is a guide for farmers and ranchers who want to make the most of the state and federal income and estate tax laws to allow the least expensive and most efficient transfer of  their estates to their children and heirs.
The book contains detailed advice on enjoying worry-free retirement years, using wills, trusts, insurance and outside investments as estate planning tools, ways to save on estate settlement costs, and an approach to setting up a plan that will eliminate arguments and friction in the family.

“This edition is rather special,” says Harl, “in light of the tax legislation passed in December 2012.”
The book contains extensive coverage of that landmark legislation and updates the 26 chapters with recent developments in farm and ranch estate planning,  and farm and ranch business planning since the 16th edition was published in 2011.
The book is written in easy-to-read language and is designed for use by farm and ranch families.
The book also includes discussion of employment taxes, formation and advantages of use of business entities, federal farm payments, state laws on corporate ownership of farm land, federal gift tax law, annuities, installment obligations and charitable deductions – all with an eye to the least expensive and most efficient transfer of the farm to heirs.
Nearly 175,000 copies of the book, which traces its history back to the first edition in 1973, are in circulation.

Harl, who is retired from the Iowa State University faculty after 40-years of service, holds a law degree from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State.
He is the author of 29 books and more than 450 publications in legal and economic journals and bulletins.
The 17th edition is available in print for $35 (shipping and tax included) and PDF file for $25 (shipping and tax included) for reading, searching and printing with a computer or tablet. The book and PDF file may be ordered at www.agrilawpress.com.
Orders are also accepted by e-mailing Robert@agrilawpress.com or by calling 360-200-5666.
The address of the Agricultural Law Press is 127 Young Road, Kelso, Wash. 98626.