Legal Matters

Farm Succession Planning

Land Counsel

Real Property Transactions

Solar Lease Review and Negotiation

Estate Planning and Trusts

Business Organization (Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies)

Heir Property Partition (Land and Timber)

Heir Property Consolidation

Production Contracts

Farm Leases

Equipment Leasing

Present Use Value

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA)

Farm Asset Protection

Conservation Easements

Organic Certification Challenge

Special Needs Trusts




Welcome to The Branan Law Firm, PLLC, thanks for visiting

ALERT REGARDING OUR LANDLINE 919 245 8521:  We have been unable to retrieve some voicemails during the recent (and somewhat tumultuous) transition from Time Warner Cable to Spectrum.  In short, we could only retrieve voicemails from the phone, and we have discovered that some calls have gone unanswered.  You have our apologies for this inconvenience.  Given the numerous other ways to reach us (e.g. through Contact Us, through our cell numbers [mine is 919 619 8479]), we are assessing the necessity of a landline and will make arrangements so everyone knows how to reach Andrew, Chloe or Heather.  Thanks again.

Periodic Update from Andrew
September 2017
Summer is over, kids are back and school, and we're starting to take some more time to update our web presence, particularly now that there are more people here. Late in 2016 Chloe Johnson joined me on a more regular basis handling a variety of projects including leases and LLC formation.  Heather Kennealy has returned from her family's overseas hiatus in Moldova (Google it!), and she has stepped back in to handle some environmental matters.  There are a few important subject updates to post, so check with the Rural Lands Update page soon.
Regarding our 2017, we came into 2017 with a number of major farm transfer, pipeline and solar lease negotiation projects on the table, filling in the spaces with smaller projects such as real estate closings, farm organizations, farm leases, property tax matters, etc. to keep the lights on.  We did get out and do some education work this past winter and spring (along with the annual Keep the Farm program in Wake County), and I have started doing presentations on solar leases (trying to pass along some lessons learned on a major project up in Virginia).  As promised to a number of folks along the road last season, I posted my most recent presentation which can be found as a pdf here.


While the presentation on paper may fail to flesh out some of the concepts explained in oral presentation, hopefully some of the slides and bullet points will better inform readers on questions to put to their professional legal and tax advisers.  If anyone has a question directly to me, please send an email through the Make Contact page, or feel free to give me a call and perhaps set up an appointment to meet up in my office or perhaps out on the farm.


Talk soon!

Andrew Branan

Hillsborough, NC


A Note About the illustrations on this website:  The illustrations you find on this websites are enhanced photos I've taken over the years on my travels around North Carolina and Virginia.  Photoshop does wonders with the mundane image, even one taken through a windshield.