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The MSBA's Agricultural & Rural Law Section Presents


"Passing Down the Family Farm: Succession Services and Planning"

Join us for an explanation of consulting services available to attorneys and family farm clients regarding the transition of the family farm to the next generation. Topics include financial, tax and business considerations as well as family/emotional and conflict resolution.


Al Bennett , Lookout Ridge Consulting
Through his years in both the private and public section, Al Bennett brings practicality, experience and "tools" from the workplace to the field of consulting. He spent 23 years as President of Bennett Farms, Inc., ten years as an elected official and ten years as a MN Rule 114 mediator. Al was born and raised on a family farm that expanded to a 1000-acre cash-grain corporation known for its forward-thinking and focus on quality. Having a passion for negotiation and conflict resolution, Al left the farming business in 2000 to travel and work with families experiencing change. Al received mediation training from University of North Dakota, Hamline University and the Center for Dispute Resolution in Boulder, CO. Most recently, Al has been qualified as an arbitrator by the MN Supreme Court, adding to his neutral roster listings in civil and family law mediation. Al is a member of the Family Farm Institute, the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Christopher M. Roe , Blethen, Gage & Krause, PLLP
Chris has several years of legal experience and represents a diverse client group. He focuses on the general representation of non-profit and for-profit business/agricultural enterprises, with a particular emphasis on business organization, employment issues, mergers, acquisitions, sales, contracting and governmental matters. Further, he is routinely involved in agricultural, commercial and residential real estate matters. He has extensive experience in estate/trust/inheritance disputes, will contests and guardianship and conservatorship matters. A large part of Chris' practice is devoted to assisting individuals and businesses in the agricultural setting. Chris is a farmer himself, and he is a member of his family's farm company, Roe Farms, along with his father, uncle, brothers and cousins, which raises hogs, corn and soybeans.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit approved (event code: 163232)



Date:   Monday, January 9, 2012
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 01:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not Ag Section Members):  $25.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $30.00
Law Students:  Free

Participation by web and audio is available. Request instructions when registering or contact Jennifer Carter prior to 5:00 p.m. on January 4, 2012.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336