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Protecting Your Legacy With Business Succession Planning

Most people understand the importance of having a will in place to protect their loved ones and assets after they pass away. However, not as many people have taken the time to create a succession plan for their business. Succession planning is just as important as estate planning, maybe even more so.

What is a Business Succession Plan?

A business succession plan is a document that outlines how a business will be passed on to another owner or successor. This plan takes into account the death or retirement of the current owner (or owners). It includes provisions for the transfer of ownership, management, and control of the business.

Why is a Succession Plan Important?

A succession plan is important because it ensures that the business will continue to operate even if the owner (or owners) can no longer be involved. This continuity is essential for the survival of the business.

Without a succession plan, the death or retirement of the owner (or owners) could cause the business to close its doors forever.

How to Create a Succession Plan

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating a succession plan. The best way to create a plan is to work with a Certified Financial Planner and an experienced business law attorney. They can help you tailor the plan to your specific needs and goals.

There are a few things to keep in mind when creating a succession plan:

1. Choose a successor

The first step is to choose someone who will take over the business when you’re gone. This person should be someone who shares your vision for the business and is capable of running it successfully.

2. Train your successor

Once you’ve chosen a successor, you’ll need to train them on how to run the business. This includes teaching them about the day-to-day operations, as well as your long-term vision for the company.

3. Create a buy-sell agreement

A buy-sell agreement is a document that outlines the terms of the sale of the business. This agreement should be created before you retire or pass away. It will ensure that the business is sold to your successor at a fair price.

4. Make sure your family is on board

If you’re married, it’s important to involve your spouse in the succession planning process. They need to be aware of your plans and comfortable with the idea of someone else taking over the business.

It’s also important to have a conversation with your children about your succession plan. If they’re not interested in taking over the business, that’s okay. But they should be aware of your plans and know who will be taking over the business when you’re gone.

5. Update your will

Once you’ve created a succession plan, you’ll need to update your will. This ensures that your successor is named as the beneficiary of your business.

Creating a succession plan can be a difficult and emotional process. But it’s important to have a plan in place so that your business can continue to thrive after you’re gone.

Succession Planning vs. Estate Planning

While succession planning and estate planning are both important for business owners, they are two different things. Here’s a look at the key differences between the two:

Estate planning is all about what happens to your business after you die. It includes creating a will and trusts, as well as choosing beneficiaries for your assets.

Succession planning is about what happens to your business when you’re no longer able to run it, whether that’s due to retirement or  disability or death. It includes choosing a successor and training them to take over the business. It also involves creating a buy-sell agreement and updating your will.

Estate planning is important because it ensures that your business is taken care of after you die. But succession planning is just as important because it ensures that your business can continue to operate even if you’re no longer able to be involved.

If you’re a business owner, you need to have both a succession plan and an estate plan in place. This will ensure that your business is taken care of no matter what happens to you.

What’s Next?

Now that you understand the importance of succession planning, you may be wondering how to get started. The best way to create a succession plan is to work with a Certified Financial Planner. They can help you tailor the plan to your specific needs and goals.

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