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Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!

I was in Omaha yesterday with Dick Wittman and a local attorney doing a seminar for the Legacy Project on succession planning.  One member of the audience mentioned that he felt like we had poured 100,000 bushels of corn into a 20,000 bushel grain bin.  I know we covered a lot of material, but the key thing based upon questions and feedback from the audience was that the most important part of succession planning and transition is Communication.

Saving estate taxes can be important, however, if the way the estate plan is structured but not communicated to the children involved, the emotional damage and strife can far outweigh any tax savings.  Therefore, if you are in process of transition to the next generation, make sure these ideas, plans, documents are all properly communicated.  As the attorney said, you can pay me now or you can pay a lot more later from a lack of communication.

Don’t let it happen to you.

Paul Neiffer, CPA

  • Principal
  • CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Yakima, Washington
  • 509-823-2920

Paul Neiffer is a certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and succession planning for farmers and agribusiness processors. Paul is a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, Washington, as well as a regular speaker at national conferences and contributor at agweb.com. Raised on a farm in central Washington, he has been immersed in the ag industry his entire life, including the last 30 years professionally. In fact, Paul drives combine each summer for his cousins and that is what he considers a vacation. Leave a comment for Paul. If you would like to leave a comment for Paul, follow the link above, however, please make sure to include your email address so that he can reply to your comment (your email address will not automatically show up).

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