Real Estate, Business, Tax and Agriculture Law
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Michele has spent her career developing a multidisciplinary expertise in the areas of real estate, tax and small business planning while operating a small farm and personally seeking answers to legal and tax questions which were not easily available elsewhere. Michele has practiced environmental and land use law at a major international law firm, has taken advanced tax classes from two of the most prestigious tax programs in the country (NYU and University of Florida), and has an MBA with emphasis in accounting and finance from Emory University Gouizetta School of Business. She has also served distinguished tenures as an Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lending at First Florida and Wachovia Bank. And, because our regulatory, tax and legal environments are ever changing, Michele continues to further her knowledge base at the University of Arkansas School of Law where she takes advanced law classes in Agricultural Law – the nation’s premier agricultural law program.
Retaining large amounts of wealth in real estate presents unique financial liquidity, legal, tax and succession planning issues that cannot be addressed in a vacuum. Landholders should not be forced to seek help from a stable of lawyers who can only advise from a single perspective resulting in high costs, conflicting advice between legal and tax advisors and a frequent failure to take full advantage of available tax exemptions, government programs, and estate planning options. These issues multiply for those engaging in agricultural pursuits.
Answering your concerns:
Residential and commercial real estate transactions, taxation, family succession planning, conservation easements and sale of development rights, agricultural cooperatives and coops, probate and estate exemptions, financing growth and acquisition, farm credit, equipment finance, employment, farm workers, agricultural labor, regulated markets, small farm production, Leasing, cellular towers and solar farms, federal farm programs and crop insurance, and farm bankruptcy (Chapter 12), and 1031 exchanges
Merson v. McNally, 90 NY2d 742 (1997); Ken Mar Development Inc. v. Department of Public Works of City of Saratoga Springs, 862 N.Y.S.2d 202 (3rd Dept 2008); Senior Care Services v. New York State Department of Health, 46 A.D.3d 962 (3d Dept. 2007); Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District v. City of Saratoga Springs, 46 A.D.3d 979 (3d. Dept 2007); Bailey v. Chernoff, 45 A.D. 3d 1113 (3d Dept. 2007); Save Southard Rd. Neighborhood Coalition v. Twn of Saratoga Planning Bd., 35 A.D.3d 1017 (3d Dept. 2006); Spencer v. Connolly, 25 A.D.3d 832 (3rd Dept. 2006); Thomas v. Journal Register, 24 A.D.3d (3rd Dept. 2005)