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Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA)

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Welcome to The Branan Law Firm, PLLC, thanks for visiting

Periodic Update from Andrew
July 2017
The Dog Days of Summer.  It has been a while since we updated the page, which means we have been busy enough.  Late in 2016 Chloe Johnson joined me on a more regular basis handling a variety of projects including leases and LLC formation.  We came into 2017 with a number of major farm transfer, pipeline and solar lease negotiation projects on the table, filling in the spaces with smaller projects such as real estate closings, farm organizations, farm leases, property tax matters, etc. to keep the lights on.  We did get out and do some education work this past winter and spring (along with the annual Keep the Farm program in Wake County), and I have started doing presentations on solar leases (trying to pass along some lessons learned on a major project up in Virginia).  As promised to a number of folks along the road last season, I posted my most recent presentation which can be found as a pdf here.


I (Andrew) find this education work rewarding in that it affords me the challenge of simplifying relatively complicated legal topics, and I'm grateful for the audience questions that tell me how well I'm doing (or where I should try a different approach!).  After all, part of my role as lawyer in working with private clients is that of a trainer, responsible for ensuring the client and their family really understand their planning architecture and can navigate the ongoing process of estate transfer. 


While the presentation on paper may fail to flesh out some of the concepts explained in oral presentation, hopefully some of the slides and bullet points will better inform readers on questions to put to their professional legal and tax advisers.  If anyone has a question directly to me, please send an email through the Make Contact page, or feel free to give me a call and perhaps set up an appointment to meet up in my office or perhaps out on the farm.


Talk soon!

Andrew Branan

Hillsborough, NC


A Note About the illustrations on this website:  The illustrations you find on this websites are enhanced photos I've taken over the years on my travels around North Carolina and Virginia.  Photoshop does wonders with the mundane image, even one taken through a windshield.