Washington State University

Extension Forestry

Ties to the Land

A succession planning workshop for farm and woodland owning families


Winter 2014 – Everett


About this class

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 different from 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. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion with estate planning professionals.

Speakers include:

Attorney, Amy Allison of Anderson Hunter Law Firm, PS, and business financial and tax planner, Michelle VanDellen, CPA, Senior Manager at Moss Adams LLP.



Part 1: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Thursday March 6, 2014

Part 2: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Thursday March 13, 2014



WSU Snohomish County Extension Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett WA 98208 (McCollum Park). (Map and Directions).



$50 per family/landowners and includes a workbook and two dinners each evening. Additional workbooks ($25) and meals ($10) are available.



Register by mail:

Download registration form.

Register online:

Register online at Brown Paper Tickets


For more information

Contact Holly Thompson at 425-357-6022 or


With Thanks to our Partners

Workshops hosted and sponsored by WA FarmLink/Cascade Harvest Coalition, USDA Risk Management Agency, WSU Snohomish County Extension, WSU Extension Forestry, Snohomish Conservation District and Moss Adams LLP.


All Are Welcome

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.

Persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations while participating in this program should call WSU Extension at 425-357-6022 at least 21 days in advance.

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