When word of mouth can damage your reputation

Dear Karen, I rented my bull to a neighbour. My neighbour is telling anyone who will listen that my bull is infertile, because his cows aren’t in calf yet. The neighbour in question was warning local people, including many of my past and potential customers, not to do business with me. I have seen an…

The rights and obligations of dog owners

A farmer should only consider shooting a dog in the most extreme circumstances, writes Karen Walsh Many farmers own dogs. They are genuinely friendly creatures. and serve as a companion, a threat to intruders, an alert when something is wrong, rodent catchers, often cattle herders, and occasionally a menace to livestock, particularly animals on neighbouring farms.…

Inheritance can be challenging

If a parent makes a will, children have no absolute right to inherit any of the estate, says Karen Walsh. Following on from my article last week, where a reader was wondering about a new woman in her father’s life and a possible claim by this woman against his estate, The Law Reform Commission have…

It is up to the squatter to prove a claim

Adverse possession (Squatter’s Rights) is a common enough scenario, writes Karen Walsh.   Dear Karen, My father squatted on two acres of land adjacent to his farm, many years ago, as if it were his own. He transferred the farm to me, 20 years ago, and I continued to use this land since. No one has…

Keeping it in the family – site transfer

One of the things to watch for in a a voluntary transfer of assets: if the transferor is declared bankrupt, the courts can seek to reverse any transfers made in the previous five years.   Dear Karen, My son wants to build a house on my land. He has just obtained planning permission. I intend…

Get your ducks in a row for a farm transfer

How does farm transfer affect pension entitlements? Put it on your checklist, writes Karen Walsh When a family farm is being transferred to a child or a relative, the parties involved in the transfer will need to plan and prepare in advance. This is very important; the transferor and the transferee need to be aware of…

Tenant trouble legal action moves to the District Court

Since February 26, 2018, enforcement of Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) Determination Orders has moved from the Circuit Court to the District Court. The reasoning is that there are many more District Courts, which sit more regularly than Circuit Courts, providing quicker access to the courts at significantly reduced cost. If there is a dispute between…

Farms go limited

If farm profits reach the high tax band, it may be more efficient to incorporate 12.5% tax is one of the pros and cons of incorporating a family farm More and more farmers are incorporating the family farm business. The main and most well known benefit of incorporating any business is that the business will…

Check boundaries

Ensure maps are correct in order to avoid falling out with neighbours A person buying property should always be advised to instruct an engineer to check that the boundaries of the property on the ground match the maps. This is good practice and ensures that what is purported as being sold matches what is sold…