Farmland is a unique and irreplaceable asset. Even if the market goes down, even if money in investment portfolios decreases, land does not disappear. It is an investment that you can literally stand on, and often becomes one of the best investments you can make.
This investment, however, requires significant capital. Transactions involving farmland should not be taken lightly. If you are thinking about buying, selling, or investing in improvements for your farmland, talk with an attorney who has in-depth knowledge of agricultural law. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.
Let Bradley J. Rutherford and Eric R. Bidwell handle your agricultural law issues. We are in the practice of helping individuals, families, and investors with transactions, including the buying, selling, and leasing of farms. Eric has a degree in agricultural studies from Iowa State and a family farm background. As a farmer as well as a lawyer, he understands the concerns farmers have and works hard to protect their interests.
There are many different government programs available to farmers through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). However, it takes careful study of all related policies and laws to maximize the benefits you receive, and land transactions can have additional complex effects.
At the Rutherford & Bidwell Law Office, we provide legal counsel on USDA programs, explaining the often complex rules in plain English.
We have been providing knowledgeable, experienced, and accountable legal representation for matters of agricultural law for over 30 years.
At Rutherford & Bidwell, we help our real estate clients understand the issues they face and take action on their behalf to minimize potential risks.
We represent clients in Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Grundy, Hardin, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Lynn, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Story, Tama and Warren counties. We offer a full range of legal services, including:
We represent clients in central Iowa for a wide range of real estate legal services. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
Rutherford & Bidwell Law Office provides estate planning, asset protection and probate administration legal services throughout central Iowa. Our clients rely on us to protect them by establishing a plan to manage their healthcare, assets and decision-making authority.
We serve our clients by providing them with clear and concise options in estate planning. We will help you determine what assets you should own. We provide tax and financial planning and will give you a clear picture of your personal situation. We draft estate planning documents including wills, Powers of Attorney, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, income assignment trusts (“Miller Trusts”), and special needs trusts.
If you need healthcare powers of attorney, living wills, guardianships and conservatorships, contact the lawyers at Rutherford & Bidwell.
No matter what estate planning & probate needs you have, we can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
We routinely create and administer limited liability companies, partnerships, and corporations. Entity selection and governance is crucial and you should be well informed. We can help.
Let us help you navigate the complexity of Corporate Law. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
At Rutherford & Bidwell, we prepare personal and business income tax returns. We understand tax laws and provide a hands-on approach of preparing your tax returns.
We represent individuals and commercial clients in all matters concerning taxation. Our goal is to quickly and accurately identify all tax implications concerning your situation. We will then address all state and federal tax issues. We will structure all transactions with the goal to minimize taxes and avoid tax problems.
We understand property taxes. If you dispute your taxes, we can handle the process to appeal for you.
From tax returns to disputes, we provide hands-on assistance for individuals and commercial clients. We can assist with all of your tax needs.
Regardless of your legal needs, if you are in need of a service we do not provide, we will take time to assist you with identifying your potential issues and perhaps suggest a different attorney or office to help you. Our broad past experience in numerous areas of the law is here for your benefit.
Early on it seemed that a proposed Wind Energy contract was simply a way of memorializing a dominant (developer) subordinate (landowner) relationship. The proposed contracts are drafted by the developer, landowners are slowing becoming more savy about what to consider and Rutherford & Bidwell Law Firm has reviewed many and can review your proposed agreement.
Below are some considerations that should thoroughly examined before you consider signing a wind energy contract. The below is a combination of information I have collected from various sources including and my own review of these agreements. These considerations are by no means an exhaustive list and should not be solely relied upon to analyze any specific proposed agreement as all contracts are different and all the concerns of all landowners is not uniform.