Dagger Law is dedicated to developing a cost conscious approach that is tailor made to assist farmers, agribusiness owners, and rural landowners with all aspects of the law that impact the agriculture industry in Ohio.
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 farm trade, or business, faces unique legal issues across a variety of Ag law areas.
At its core, Central Ohio is comprised of farming and agricultural communities. Here, and across the state of Ohio, our farms drive our economy. They directly influence our health & nutrition. Farms and agribusinesses are even on the cutting edge of our environmental conservation initiatives. Our Agricultural Law attorneys constantly provide our clients with updates to changes in Ag law taxes, and other farm law issues that impact Fairfield County farmers, agribusiness owners, and landowners. Our agribusiness attorneys know that the laws impacting the agriculture industry are constantly shifting. Whether those laws impact those laws that determine how a farm is set up as a legal business entity, environmental and conservation minded use of agricultural land, tax issues affecting individuals and businesses, 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 whether you are located in Central Ohio, Southeastern Ohio, Fairfield County, Hocking County, Licking County, Pickaway County, Franklin County, Lancaster, Baltimore, Circleville, Buckeye Lake, Newark, Logan, Canal Winchester, the Greater Columbus Area or other locations nearby; 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 including employment tax and internal revenue code advice
- Oil & gas law, including negotiating leases and mineral rights
- Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV)
- Conservation easements
- Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) as administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA)
- Environmental laws
- Ohio’s ‘Right to Farm Law’ which protects against nuisance lawsuits resulting from farming activities
- Agriculture and food law, including food safety law as governed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture
- Employment issues and other litigation issues such as discriminatory management practices
Don’t see your particular issue listed above? That is no problem! We enjoy a challenge, and are happy to assist you with the legal issue that you are facing. Use our convenient Contact Page to schedule an appointment to discuss your legal matter with an attorney.
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 steps to review your estate and business succession documents, we applaud your foresight and diligent planning. If it has been a while since you looked over these important documents, then maybe it is time to look again. Estates and trusts require preventative maintenance like a tractor, and a routine tune up may be in order. Please consider the following questions as a quick checklist to run through to determine whether a review would be in order.
Have you ensured that all assets in the original estate plan were re-titled? Often a plan is made, but changing the titles to reflect the plan is one of those steps that always seem to get pushed to “another day.” That can cause a well laid plan to run into troubles down the road. Dagger law can assist with ensuring your titles match the estate plan drafted for you by your attorney.
Have there been any changes in assets? New land? Sale and purchase of major farm equipment? Construction of new structures on the property? These may need to be added to the estate plan to avoid confusion.
Are there family members who need to be added to, or removed from, the estate plan? Is your business succession in order? We know that life can change on a dime, and sometimes those events that change our future planning are the ones that distract us most from updating legal documents. Whether you are celebrating a new birth, or mourning a loss, these are times to take another look at your planning.
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.