When working with family farmers is New South Wales, Australia, researchers from Hawkesbury observed the importance of issues faced by families associated with the transfer of farms to the next generation. This forms the topic of this paper. Interviews with families revealed a number of common questions which were related to the household life cycle. The paper explores these issues in detail. Interviews with accountants, solicitors, bank managers and a social worker provided different perspectives on these issues. Communication between generations, family members, and between farming families and professionals and among professionals emerged as a central issue.