Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers – A National Perspective

April 9, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours


One of the most difficult cases for a planner is helping a client preserve family farms or ranches intact and in family control while funding often substantial tax liabilities. Land is distinctly illiquid and clients often resist the necessity of selling off part of the property to pay taxes. But there alternatives short of land sales to obtain liquidity, reduce taxes, and ensure continuing family control. Among other planning alternatives, conservation easements are an effective technique for reducing taxes and the need for substantial immediate liquidity, thereby fostering family control. This program will provide you with a practical guide to estate and succession planning alternatives for family farms and ranches, including the use of conservation easements, advanced gifting techniques, estate freezes and more. 


  • Planning to minimize estate and gift taxes and preserve control of family farms and ranches
  • Techniques to obtain liquidity for the payment of taxes on land
  • Use of conservation easements for tax benefit and to preserve the character of property
  • Advanced gifting techniques for use by senior generation gifting to junior generation
  • Succession planning to ensure operational stability and preserve control
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Program Speakers:
Ronald A. Levitt
, Sirote & Permutt, P.C., Alabama
Renee M. Gabbard, Bryan Cave, LLP, California


Ronald A. Levitt is a partner in the Birmingham office of Sirote & Permutt, PC, where he has extensive business and tax practice focusing on closely held and family businesses. He counsels clients in business planning, succession planning, representation of S Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and other flow-through entities, mergers and acquisitions, purchases and sales of businesses, and healthcare law. He is a Regent of the American College of Tax Counsel and the co-author of “Tax Planning S Corporations,” published by Lexis-Nexis. Mr. Levitt received his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Alabama, his LL.M. from the University of Florida School of law, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Renee M. Gabbard is a partner the Irvine, California office of Bryan Cave, LLP, where her practice includes all aspects of income, capital gains, gift and estate tax planning, charitable planning, and advanced wealth and business succession planning. She has written and spoken widely on estate and trust planning topics. Ms. Gabbard received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.