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WSU extension offers third in farm estate planning series

To begin Jan. 8

The third in a series of Farm Succession and Estate Planning workshops for farm families will be held at the Columbia Gorge Community College auditorium in The Dalles on Jan. 8.

This workshop follows previous sessions held in 2007.

Workshop topics will include tips for making the best use of appointments with an attorney, discussion on how to transfer non-titled property and important personal possessions, and what to do if there is a sudden death in the family.

There will also be discussion amongst workshop participants about what it takes to get started on farm succession planning and what has worked well for them in the process. A presentation called "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?" should interest any family that will need to address the practical and emotional issues involved with dispersal of personal belongings in a family estate.

"We had an excellent response to the first workshops so it's obvious that farm families recognize the importance of succession planning," said Diana Roberts, an educator for Washington State University Extension. "We encourage everyone who attended the previous sessions to return and to bring their family members who have a vested interest in the farm. The workshop is open to everyone interested, even if they missed the earlier meetings."

The free workshop will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be four and a half hours long. Lunch will be provided at no charge.

These programs are free, but pre-registration is requested for meal planning purposes.

For more information about these programs or to pre-register, contact Susan Kerr at WSU Extension-Klickitat County, 773-5817, or


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