“We’ve heard stories about other farm families with on-farm and off-farm kids who now are fighting over land. We hear about farming kids losing the land because it gets sold. Our farm has been in the family for a long time – so we decided we would plan for the future so it stays in our family.”
Don and Ron Ladage – Chatham, IL
“Our legacy advisor is very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience. She knows what we’re dealing with because she understands farming and farmers. She knew what we needed to work through in the legacy planning process and helped us understand our situation.
The legacy planning process isn’t something you can complete in a couple days or months. Our legacy advisor told us right away that it could take about a year. It was a very thorough plan. It made us dig into things we had forgotten about. One of the most challenging things was just talking together about these subjects. Usually you don’t think very much about discussing the sorts of topics that come up in the legacy planning process.”
Zane Davies – Davies Farms, Bloomingdale, IN
"I wanted to work with a professional who could help me navigate the transition planning process - versus us trying to reinvent the wheel and do all the legwork ourselves. Having a transition plan in place is half the battle - and now we have a timeline so everyone in the family knows where we're at.
If something were to happen to me, I want professional consultants already involved in our operation. Then, whoever is in charge at that point has specialists to go to - and the farm will continue. You need a plan in place for that. No one knows what could happen tomorrow."
Chris and Margie Hayes – Osceola, NE
”Our legacy advisor was out on our farm about three or four times to talk with us before we ever signed up. He asked questions about our family, drew diagrams, and put everything together. He got a feel for how we think. We feel happy about starting a legacy plan and feel Water Street will put it all together better - rather than fragmented, like it would be if we were doing it on our own. It will be a better experience and everybody's still going to be in peace and harmony when it's all done.”