Washington State University

Extension Forestry

Ties to the Land

A succession planning workshop for forest and farm owning families


Fall 2016 – Burlington


About this workshop

Your land will outlive you. Who will care for it when you’re gone? Will it be a family legacy or a family squabble? Will it be kept intact and protected, or will it be divided up and sold off in pieces? Will it become a source of conflict between surviving family members? What is the long-term future that you want for your property? This two-part succession planning workshop explores these questions and others using the award-winning Ties to the Land curriculum.


Succession planning is more than estate planning

Succession planning has been called the “human side of estate planning,” and it could also be considered as a precursor to more traditional estate planning. The focus is on communication and big-picture planning within families. Farm-owning and woodland-owning families often do not talk explicitly about whether the land should remain intact, continue to be managed for farm or forestry use, and/or stay in the family. Other key issues include who in the family has the capability/interest to continue managing the property, family dynamics (including conflicts), who is already invested in the property, equal vs. equitable inheritance, etc. These are all things that families should address before meeting with an estate planning professional to draw up legal arrangements.

Part 2 of the workshop will feature a panel discussion with three attorneys experienced with estate planning:

  • Megan Otis Masonholder, J.D., and Kate Szurek, J.D., LL.M., Skagit Law Group
  • Carol Schmidt, Attorney, Law Office of Carol L. Schmidt, PLLC



Part 1: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Wednesday September 14, 2016

Part 2: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Wednesday September 28, 2016



WSU Extension Skagit County Classroom, 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A, Burlington, WA 98233.



  • $45 per family before September 3rd
  • $55 per family September 3rd or later



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All Are Welcome

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Ian Fawley at 425-357-6023 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

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