THE IMPORTANCE OF BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING

The manner and timing of your exit from your business is every bit as important as your formation plan in terms of how much you ultimately earn from your business and ensuring your “success” in succession. If you want to pass your business on to members of your family, you have to be sure that they are capable of running the business and genuinely want to do so. Or perhaps you want to sell your business to your employees or an outside party? Whatever your succession goals, we have the experience to help you accomplish them.

Contact our business planning lawyers today for a complimentary consultation. We have helped numerous entrepreneurs build successful business and profitably transition out of them. We welcome the opportunity to do the same for you.  Our Co-Founders are both gone beyond their legal education and are Certified Exit Planner Advisors.  With this education, it helps ensure holistic planning is done for the business and business owner to maximize monetary value and achieve their personal goals after the transition. 

The amount of money you ultimately earn from your business depends in large part on the manner and timing of your exit. So, too, does the chance your business will survive into the next generation. While the vast majority of businesses in the United States are comprised of family-owned entities, most do not survive into the second generation and by the third generation, 85% are extinct. The odds your business will survive your exit, and the amount of money you earn from your business, are much higher if you have a thoughtful succession plan in place. Unfortunately, most business owners do not have such a plan.

What factors should you consider in exiting your business? While every situation is unique, effective succession plans typically address several key issues:

Fundamental objectives. The date of your exit, the income you’ll need for financial security, and the person, people or entity you want to take over the business should all be identified well in advance.

The value and cash flow of your business. How much is your business currently worth and how much income will it generate after you leave

Enhancing the value of your business. This involves finding ways to make your business worth as much as possible before you pass it on.

To whom will you transfer the business? Do you want to transfer your business to family members, co-owners or employees, or sell it outright to a third party? Either way, you’ll want to maximize the return on your initial investment, minimize tax liability and ensure a comfortable retirement.