There is no "one size fits all" estate plan. From wills to trusts to conservation easements, a variety of tools exist to give you and your heirs flexibility in meeting your goals.
Legacy planning is a complex process involving several steps. This US Forest Service piece provides an introduction to those steps.
Chapter 3 of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Your Land, Your Legacy estate planning overview gives a thorough introduction to the options available to pass down your land. Go to page 9 of this document to check it out.
This 2-page magazine article introduces the basics of trusts, a common tool for passing land intact to multiple heirs.
Estate planning is complex and emotional. But you can do it! These landowner stories—many in their own words—can provide ideas and inspiration for your own journey.
In a perfect world, what would you want to see happen with your land when you're no longer around to take care of it? Write these wishes down, then share them with a spouse or the rest of your family.
An estate planning attorney is critical to an effective legacy plan. These specialized lawyers can help you with legal documents such as wills, trusts, and LLCs.
Easements can protect your land from future development and often have financial benefits, but they aren’t for everyone. Learn more about them before starting down the road of getting one.