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Polly DobbsAttorney, Starr Austen & Miller

Indiana attorney Polly Dobbs specializes in estate, wealth transfer and business succession planning. Her passion lies with helping family farms and closely-held businesses achieve a smooth transition. As part of a seven-generation farm family, she understands the unique issues facing farmers. Dobbs helps clients create holistic succession plans that promote family harmony and address their specific goals, while treating family members fairly, not necessarily equally. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association.
Indiana attorney Polly Dobbs specializes in estate, wealth transfer and business succession planning. Her passion lies with helping family farms and closely-held businesses achieve a smooth transition. As part of a seven-generation farm family, she understands the unique issues facing farmers. Dobbs helps clients create holistic succession plans that promote family harmony and address their specific goals, while treating family members fairly, not necessarily equally. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association.

Articles By Polly Dobbs

Aug 28, 2018

6 Reasons Why Estate Planning is Different for Farmers

Estate planning laws aren’t different for farmers versus others; however, there are variances, such as vocabulary, emotional ties to land, operation versus land, own versus rent, personal financial statement and deeds.
Aug 21, 2018

Polly Dobbs: Why Estate Planning is Different for Farmers

The laws for estate planning aren’t any different for farmers versus non-ag business owners; however, there are important variances, such as the following, that require special planning when a farmer meets with an attorney:
Mar 19, 2016

Leave A Legacy: More Planning Now, Less Fighting Later

Many farmers want to avoid the topic of succession planning because they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
Mar 18, 2016

More Planning Now, Less Fighting Later

It’s better to have clear, open and honest communication about your goals for the farm’s ownership and operation with the next generation. Here are some hot-button issues which frequently send farm heirs to court.
Jun 26, 2015

Leave a Legacy: How to Transition Land

If you want your farm to successfully transition from one generation to the next, you must do better than a vanilla will that says you want to leave everything equally to your children. Don’t assume your children will figure it out when you’re gone. They likely won’t.
May 07, 2015

How to Transition Land

Don’t assume your children will figure it out when you’re gone. They likely won’t.
Apr 25, 2015

Leave a Legacy: How to Transition Land

If you want your farm to successfully transition from one generation to the next, you must do better than a vanilla will that says you want to leave everything equally to your children. Don’t assume your children will figure it out when you’re gone. They likely won’t.
Dec 19, 2014

4 Legal Estate Planning Strategies

There isn’t a cookie-cutter approach to estate planning, so you must factor in your goals, family dynamics and financial situation. Here are some ideas to consider.
Nov 26, 2014

Taxpayer Relief Act a ‘Game Changer’

Make sure your estate plan doesn’t cause a tax headache