Where can I find the Legal Defense Reserves Calculator?

The calculator is available here.‚Äč

How do I count properties and easements for the calculator?

Please use the Terrafirma counting rules when entering your total properties and easements on the calculator.

How do I determine how much of my portfolio is rural?

Use your best judgment. As far as we’ve seen, you are the most accurate judge of your level of non-rural land holdings.

 

What should I add for the board assessment of additional reserves?

The board assessment for additional reserves is optional and up to the discretion of your board of directors. You can leave it blank if you are unsure. We provide it as an option for land trusts who feel they have additional risks that the calculator does not take into account.

 

Why is my Terrafirma membership not having an affect on the calculation?

Your calculated reserves will be the same for the first year of your land trust’s Terrafirma membership. After that, the calculator uses a sliding scale to reduce predicted reserves for each year Terrafirma insurance covers your land trust’s risks.

 

How do I determine the cost for an additional parcel?

The reserves calculator calculates an aggregate defense fund, so it is not ideal for assigning a reserve pool for an individual project. The simplest method for determining additional reserves for a new project is by running the calculator with the project and without it and finding the difference. If you suspect that number may not accurately reflect the additional risk your land trust is taking on, please contact us for suggestions on other ways to calculate the additional reserves for that parcel.

Why does the calculator say that my land trust has above average/below average/average risk?

The calculator compares your land trust’s situation with the characteristics of hundreds of other land trusts to determine if your risk profile is more or less like those that have experienced legal challenges. If your land trust is more like those that have had challenges, the calculator reports that you have above average risk. If it is less like those that have had challenges, it reports below average risk. If it is directly in the middle, it reports average risk. This does not mean that you are doing anything wrong or that you necessarily need to change what you are doing. It’s just a calculation to help you plan.

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