Agricultural Law Attorneys

In Pennsylvania, where agriculture plays a significant role in the state’s economy and heritage, agricultural attorneys serve as vital advocates and advisors, ensuring that those involved in agriculture navigate the many legal considerations and requirements effectively.

If you or someone you know is facing legal issues involving your farm or agribusiness, contact the experienced agricultural attorneys at Hazen Law Group LLC.

What Issues Does an Agricultural Attorney Handle?

Agricultural attorneys in Pennsylvania handle a wide range of agriculture-related issues, including, but not limited to, estate and farm succession planning, farm business planning/structuring, and land leasing and tenancy. These attorneys are well-versed in the state’s specific agricultural laws and regulations.

Estate and Farm Succession Planning

Family farms are a cornerstone of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry, and agricultural attorneys play a crucial role in estate and farm succession planning. They help farmers develop strategies and prepare the appropriate legal documents to transfer farm assets to the next generation, while also considering the wide array of taxes that can adversely impact the transfer.

Farm Business Planning/Structuring

Agricultural attorneys help clients choose the appropriate legal entity(ies) for their farm businesses. They can advise with respect to the formation of sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs) and/or trusts, based on the client’s goals and needs.

Land Leasing and Tenancy

Agricultural attorneys assist landowners and farmers in negotiating and drafting lease agreements for agricultural land, addressing issues related to the term of the lease, rent and maintenance.

Who Does an Agricultural Attorney Represent?


Agricultural attorneys advocate for individual farmers operating small family farms and large commercial agricultural enterprises. They assist farmers in navigating the intricate legal landscape, guiding them on matters such as land acquisition, zoning regulations, estate planning, and resolving disputes common in the agricultural sector.


Agricultural attorneys often represent landowners who lease their properties to farmers or are involved in land use and zoning issues. They help landowners understand and address the legal aspects of agricultural leases, conservation easements, and land development.


Agricultural attorneys are trusted advisors to agribusinesses, including agricultural cooperatives, food processors, distributors, and suppliers. They assist these businesses in drafting and negotiating contracts, complying with regulations, handling intellectual property issues, and addressing legal challenges that arise during their operations.

How to Choose an Agricultural Attorney?

Agricultural attorneys possess unique skills and experience tailored to the specific legal needs of the agriculture industry.

Understanding of Farming Practices

To represent their clients effectively, agricultural attorneys should have a working knowledge of farming practices and the challenges faced by farmers. This understanding helps them provide practical legal solutions tailored to the agricultural context.

Estate Planning Knowledge

Agricultural attorneys should have a knowledge of estate planning strategies for farmers, helping them navigate the complexities of passing down family farms to the next generation while minimizing tax implications.

Awareness of Industry Trends

An effective agricultural attorney stays informed about the latest trends and developments in the agriculture sector, allowing them to provide forward-thinking legal advice to their clients.

Local Connections

Agricultural attorneys often have strong local connections and relationships within the farming community, enabling them to provide clients with valuable resources and referrals.

Experience and Track Record

Experience is crucial. A strong track record in handling agricultural issues is a good indicator of their proficiency and understanding of the industry.

Client Testimonials and References

Client feedback can provide valuable insights into an attorney’s effectiveness and client service. Ask for testimonials or references to get a sense of their reputation among clients.

Fees and Billing Practices

Understand their fee structure and billing practices. Agricultural law can sometimes involve lengthy processes, so it’s important to have a clear understanding of the fees and costs involved.


Lastly, ensure that you feel comfortable with the attorney. A good working relationship, based on trust and mutual respect, is crucial for effective legal representation.

Do You Have Questions for an Experienced Pennsylvania Agricultural Law Attorney?

If you operate a farm or work with those who do, there may come a time when you require the assistance of a seasoned Pennsylvania agricultural law attorney. Whether for contract review, business planning, estate planning, or anything else related to your operations, the dedicated agricultural law attorneys at Hazen Law Group LLC can help. Our lawyers have vast experience handling complex matters related to farming in Pennsylvania. To learn more, and to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today, give us a call at 717-540-4332. You can also connect with us through our secure online contact form, and we will contact you.