farm advocates

A Non-Profit Legal Organization Focusing on the Legal Needs of Farmers and Rural Residents

Welcome To the Farmers Legal Assistance Network

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal organization focusing on the legal needs of American farmers and rural residents.  We strive to provide quality legal assistance to farmers at below market rates and also on a pro bono level. We provide legal services to farmers such as estate planning, bankruptcy, USDA programs, civil litigation, crop insurance matters, as well as other legal areas. Above all, we strive to help farmers who are faced with bankruptcy, foreclosure, or other matters to stay on their farm. 

Areas WE can help


Without the right plan, it is nearly impossible to keep the family farm in the family.  We can help you put the right plan together.


Don't loose the farm due to the poor farm economy.  We can help counsel you through the bankruptcy process. 


Crop insurance plays a vital role in modern agriculture.  However, sometimes claims get denied.  If you have a claim denied, we can help you.


Farmers routinely deal with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Farm Service Agency.  Topics such as government payments, wetland conversion, payment limitations, etc, come up often.  We have experience helping farmers with USDA and FSA matters. 


Now days it is important to have the farm set up as something other than a sole proprietorship.  Whether it be an LLC, S-Corp, or other legal entity, if you have not set your farm up as a legal entity, you are exposed to greater liability and likely missing out on yearly savings. 


Agricultural Law covers a broad area such as contracts, farm divorce, drainage rights, water law, and so forth.  We have experience in these areas and can help.

Our Mission

Non-Proft--Here for you.

We are a non profit law firm here to assist farmers and rural residents with their legal needs.  

Farmers Need Legal Representation

Farmers need to make sure their legal interests are attended to.  If not, then farmers are prone to being taken advantage of and mistreated.

Our Passion is Agriculture

We are passionate about agriculture and the continued existence of family farms.  

When you need legal help for your farm, we are here to help.  Most importantly, we understand agriculture.  Most attorneys won't know a fence row from a corn row.   Our attorneys either are farmers just like you, grew up on a farm , or have gained extensive knowledge of farming by representing farmers.  

About Us

JOhn Schwarz-Farmer and Attorney

John Schwarz, II, Founder

John is a lifelong farmer in Indiana and an agricultural law attorney.  He is passionate about agriculture and helping fellow farmers.   He has represented farmers in numerous ag related matters.   

Find out more about John
Bill Crispin

Bill Crispin, Board Member

Bill grew up on a farm in Illinois and focuses his practice on crop insurance matters.   He has represented farmers across the country with crop insurance matters. 

Find out more About Bill

Doug Adelsperger, Board Member

Doug has significant experience assisting farmers with bankruptcy and litigation matters.  

Find out more about Doug

David Perkins, Board Member

David Perkins is a lifelong farmer and operates KPS Farms, Inc, which is a multi generational farm in Northeast Indiana.   David brings another farm voice and perspective to our group.

Additional Ag-Law Attorneys

We are continuously seeking out other attorneys who have agricultural experience and can assist farmers with their legal needs that we will be able to refer farmers to.  

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Farmers Legal Assistance Network, Inc.

5825 S 1025 E, Hudson, Indiana 46747, United States

(260) 351-4440