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For Advisors

A word to attorneys, financial planners and tax preparers:

We meet many professional advisors who are in the midst of their first opportunity to help a client with permanent land protection decisions. Many want to hear how others in Iowa have benefitted from these techniques, deductions and tax credits.

INHF staff is here for you, too.

Just as we offer free, confidential conversations to landowners, we are committed to sharing our knowledge and experience with professional advisors.

INHF staff can help:

  • Examine possibilities. In confidential conversation, we can help you discern whether an anonymous situation might lend itself to land protection and its affiliated tax benefits.
  • Find resources. We’ve introduced many landowners and advisers to conservation agencies and organizations that best fit the goals and needs at hand.
  • Learn from your professional peers. INHF has co-presented land protection workshops for Continuing Legal Education credit, and we hope to do more outreach in collaboration with professional advisors. We are also available for presentations to professional gatherings in Iowa. If you’re interested in attending, co-sponsoring or co-presenting a professional learning opportunity, please contact Abby Hade Terpstra at or 515-288-1846.

Which of my clients should know more about land protection?

You might consider introducing the land protection topic to your clients who:

  • Express concern about what will happen to their land beyond their ownership or lifetime
  • Have no obvious heirs for their land (including those whose children do not share their interest in enjoying or caring for natural land)
  • Are the “end of the line” for family land, such as multi-generation family farms
  • Mention wanting to “give back” somehow with their land
  • Are nearing the time when they’ll sell or transfer land that has obvious conservation value
  • Need to consider the future of land as part of their current estate or financial planning
  • Are sharing ownership with siblings or partners — especially if that shared ownership will become more complex, making land decisions harder in the future