Developing a Lease Agreement You Can Relate To

Farm lease agreements can be complex legal documents, but they don’t have to be.  Behind every legal provision there is a meaning, a purpose and a potential benefit to both parties of having such language in the lease.  I sometimes work through lease agreements with farmers or landowners, and witness their eyes glazing over when we read through a sample provision that is two paragraphs long.   I reassure them, “Don’t worry, there’s a real meaning!   Edit it down!  Have the lease agreement work for you!”   Lease language, first and foremost, needs to make sense. A 200-page lease agreement makes the farming arrangement no more successful than a two-page agreement.   In fact, if I had to choose, I’d bet on the two-pager being the product of the stronger relationship!   It is the mutual understanding and clarity you develop alongside each written provision in a lease that paves the way for success. The fact is in some cases you might need more detail, and in others you might not.  The only way to know is to first understand why the particular language is needed, and how it could apply to you.  Then you can determine if you need more wording, you can say the same thing with less, edit the wording to meet everyone’s needs or if the agreement looks just right. A lease agreement is much more than a legal docu

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