Ranch Estate Planning seminar designed to help Texans reduce their estate taxes and make effective estate planning decisions will be offered Aug. 6 and 7, at the College Station Hilton Hotel (801 University Drive East).

"This seminar will help Texans make wise ranch estate planning decisions by providing a wealth of information on tax and estate planning matters," said Dr. Wayne A. Hayenga, Texas Agricultural Extension Service economist-management. "It is useful for married couples, spouses, potential estate executors, trustees and those who want to make estate settlement less burdensome."

The seminar will run concurrently with Texas A&M's 46th annual Beet Cattle Short Course and Trade Show, Aug. 7 to 9, at the TAMU University Center.

The Ranch Estate Planning seminar will cover:

--Basic estate planning devices, such as wills, living trusts, estate deferral, gifts and property titles.

--Treating beneficiaries fairly.

--Estate planning tools for agriculture; focusing on use of corporations and partnerships, special farm land valuation, family-owned business exclusion and rules for deferring estate tax payments.

--The role of life insurance in estate planning , and tax valuation rules.

Hayenga is an attorney, as well as an Extension economist. He works extensively with farmers, ranchers and family-owned firms in financial, business and estate tax planning.

The program runs from 3 to 7 p.m., Aug. 6, with a light meal at 5 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 7 (including lunch). Registration costs $100 per person and includes printed materials, refreshments and meals. Registration and other information is available by calling Hayenga or Sharon Wehring-Forster, at 979-845-2226.

The estate planning seminar is sponsored by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, in cooperation with Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

More information on the Beef Cattle Short Course is available by calling 979-845-3579.

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