For those who live in the countryside, we believe that the farming community is the back bone to the nation’s economy.
Many of our clients who are based in the West Country are involved directly or indirectly in the farming and food sectors. We pride ourselves upon the complete range of legal services that we are able to offer to our clients involved in the agriculture and food sectors. We understand farming and farmers, and their key role in the food supply chain and the rural economy.
We help our clients in the farming and related sectors to deal with the increasing challenges that they face, ranging from regulatory controls, wealth creation and protection, business structuring, succession, finance and, of course, the dreaded dispute resolution.
The increase in the value of agricultural land in the last twenty years has meant that many farmers have found themselves sat on valuable land assets, but against the backdrop of falling prices and global over production, the income returns have been poor for the labour and associated capital investments. These financial dynamics have generated new pressure points on the traditional farming family business, causing disputes between family members that, unfortunately, have led to litigation in some instances.
Whether or not there is any truth in the old adage that “there is no such thing as a poor farmer”, farmers and those who are involved in the rural economy certainly face serious challenges to their livelihood and way of life. We have expert and experienced lawyers who are able to help. Examples of our services to the rural sector include the following:
- Buying and selling farms
- Buying and selling land (including at auction)
- Land promotion for development
- Farm Business Tenancies
- Agricultural tenancy advice
- Easements and wayleaves
- Solar panel and telecommunications leases
- Planning and development aspects ancillary to diversification
Wills, Tax & Probate
- Estate Planning
- Probate and Estate Administration
- The creation and management of trusts
Litigation & Family
- Financial settlements upon divorce
- Partnership disputes and dissolution
- Recovering trade debts and defending claims
- Drafting partnership agreements
- Advising upon security and re-financing agreements
Our partner Michael looks at what makes a will and how they work, starting with revocation. Michael specialises in wills and inheritance disputes which means he is well position to explain this area and consider what happen when things go wrong.
The execution of a will, in most circumstances, revokes an earlier one.
A revocation clause, usually found at the start of a will, ensures there can be no doubt that the testator wanted their new will to replace an earlier one.
All of us at Stokes Partners were delighted to host Archie from Reminiscence Learning last week.
Reminiscence Learning is an amazing Somerset based charity specialising in raising awareness of dementia across communities and generations, providing respite activity to support carers and those they care for and organising training sessions, carer support groups and community activity sessions.
One of Somerset’s most forward-thinking law firms, Stokes Partners, has joined as Somerset Day’s new Official Legal Partner. Based in the heart of Somerset, Stokes Partners are proud of their Somerset roots and passionate about providing high quality personal service to individuals and businesses in Somerset and beyond.
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