When it comes to paying family members who work on the dairy, make sure that you pay them a fair and equitable wage, says Sarah Fogelman, extension human resource management specialist at
Don’t use the “someday-this-will-all-be-yours plan” as a justification to pay them less. Think about it: If you do pay them less, and the estate is divided equally at your death, the sibling who worked for low wages will feel cheated. On the other hand, if the sibling who works on the farm gets more of the estate, you could alienate the non-farming heirs. Some of these problems can be avoided by simply paying the farming heir a fair wage up-front.