McAfee & Taft regularly represents individuals, families and public and private companies in connection with the purchase, sale and financing of agricultural businesses, real estate, livestock and other assets. Issues that arise in these transactions include all the issues that are routinely attendant to the acquisition and sale of a business enterprise, such as counsel and negotiation regarding terms and conditions of the transaction, due diligence review of liabilities and other legal obligations, transaction structure, assurance of title to the assets, real estate surveys, and environmental issues. However, such transactions also include issues unique to agricultural business, such as availability of water rights, handling of farm equipment (including irrigation facilities), and growing crops.
The firm is also active in representing rural landowners involved in wind energy projects. The development of wind energy farms and related projects involve unique issues regarding shared usage of property, access to facilities, liabilities, insurance and project decommissioning.
McAfee & Taft handles a wide variety of additional transactional matters for its agriculture clients, including business formation and entity structuring, all aspects of tax planning, employment and workplace safety, inventions, trademarks and licensing matters, bankruptcy matters for both agricultural creditors and debtors, and sophisticated tax, estate and business succession planning strategies for agricultural businesses and families. Click here for an overview of the comprehensive business and litigation services and solutions provided by the firm’s Agriculture and Equine Industry Group.