Dagger Law is dedicated to developing a cost conscious approach specifically designed to assist farmers, agribusiness owners, and landowners with all aspects of the law that impact the agriculture industry.
Since the founding of our firm, back in 1902 nearly all of the partners and attorneys, at Dagger Law, grew up around small towns in Central Ohio. Having been raised on county fairs, farm fresh produce, and an appreciation for agriculture based economies, our attorneys understand the importance of our farming, agribusiness, and landowner neighbors.We recognize that farms and farmers are the lifeblood of our community, and that farmers, agribusiness owners, and landowners face unique legal issues across broad areas of law.
At its core, Central Ohio is comprised of farming and agricultural communities. Here, and across the state, our farms drive our economy, health & nutrition, and even our environmental conservation initiatives. Our Agricultural Law attorneys constantly provide our clients with updates to legal and tax issues that impact Fairfield County farmers, agribusiness owners, and landowners because the laws impacting farms are constantly shifting. Whether those laws impact a farm set up as an LLC, a family business, an individual’s taxes, or parents planning to pass a legacy to their children, you can be assured that Dagger Law Agricultural Attorneys are watching out for our clients. Regardless of where you are located in Central and Southeastern Ohio, we have you covered. Check out the nearest location to you by clicking Our Locations Page
Agricultural Law consists of:
(Please note that some list items may be linked to other pages to help further define a subject, or answer frequently asked questions)
- Estate planning, wills and trusts
- Legal document preparation
- Probate of an estate, big or small
- Corporate matters, including establishing an advantageous business structure such as an LLC
- Real estate law; including transfers through our in-house title agent and title insurance policies
- Farm succession planning
- Property rights
- Tax law and tax planning
- Oil & gas law, including negotiating leases and mineral rights
- Conservation easements
- Employment issues and other litigation issues
In addition our attorneys can advise on matters of personal, and business, liability.
Liability comes from actions that you, or your employees, take. Some examples of actions that could create liability are environmental issues caused by manure or fertilizer runoff, spray drift, and farm equipment accidents. Liability can also come about from the things you didn’t do, that a “reasonable person” would have done. Examples of this are harder to define, but a common example might be failing to hang a sign warning about an electric fence. Often times these negligence items are the things you would do if you had more time in a day, like; Patch the cracked sidewalk that your “you pick” guests keep tripping on, remind your employees to stay away from a electric service cabinet. The good news is that negligence must be proven in a court of law, and this is where having an experienced Agricultural Law Attorney can make all the difference.
Do you have an effective estate and business plan in place to ensure that your assets are protected for the next generation?
If you have already taken this step, we applaud your foresight and diligent planning, but did you know that estates and trusts require preventative maintenance like a tractor? Have you ensured that all assets in the original estate plan were re-titled, if necessary? Have there been any changes in assets or family members? We know you are busy with your livelihood and life’s work. Let us ease the burden by providing a periodic evaluation, and alter the estate planning documents so that you can focus on today knowing that we will help protect your tomorrow.
Will an attorney travel to me, or do I need to come to your offices in either Lancaster or Canal Winchester?
While some meetings will need to be held in our offices, we do try to minimize your travel time by offering two convenient locations in both Lancaster and Canal Winchester, Ohio. It is our goal to minimize the disruption to your life caused by legal issues, and many communications or meetings can be conducted through emails or phone calls. In certain circumstances we realize that it isn’t possible for clients to reach us, and visits to your location may be required. If a Dagger Law attorney is retained to represent you, they will travel to the necessary court hearings and legal procedures in order to represent you, anywhere in Ohio! Please note that in some instances the cost to represent your case may require an unusual amount of money due to travel expenses. In such cases, we may recommend using legal representation closer to the location of your case. We are happy to provide referrals in these instances, if we are able.