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“An Intergenerational Perspective for Estate and Succession Planning for Farm and Forest Landowners” (online publication)

Posted: August 30, 2013

Many families find it difficult to begin the process of discussing and making decisions about who will succeed to the farm business and how other heirs who are not involved in the business will be treated. The “Handbook on Estate and Succession Planning for Farm and Forest Landowners” (by John Becker, Matt Kaplan, Keith Dickinson and Michael Jacobson) is a new online resource developed by Penn State Extension to assist families that own and operate farms and forest land in developing succession plans.

This publication is available online. The following chapters focus on intergenerational communication issues:

  • Chapter 3: The Dynamics of Family Involvement (p. 18-24)
  • Chapter 4: Working toward More Effective Family Communication about Succession Issues (p. 25-30) 
  • Chapter 5: Building Communication Skills (p. 31-34)

To further support and extend Penn State Extension’s work in this area, Matt Kaplan recently joined the Pennsylvania Farm Link’s Board of Directors.