“You’d think in operating a business like this, the most important decisions would be strategic decisions about buying or selling cattle or buying and selling land,” Wolf says while sitting in his pickup truck surrounded by his cattle. “Instead the most important decisions I’ve made have been estate-planning decisions, and they have impacted our ability to maintain our operation more than anything else – and that doesn’t really seem right.”
Kevin Kester’s family has been ranching in California since the 1860s, but it’s not weather conditions or market volatility that keeps him up at night. The death tax harmed his family and community before. Now he’s worried it could happen again.
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