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The pitfalls of an unplanned "Succession"

Posted by Kevin VandenBroeke | Feb 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you've been following along with HBO's "Succession," you're no stranger to the complex world of the mixing of business, politics, and family dynamics in a family business. While most small business owners wont have to deal with the hostile takeovers, internal power struggles, scandals, and personal betrayals of the Roy family, those who haven't planned for the future are welcoming unnecessary risk.

As a small business owner, you've put in countless hours of hard work and dedication to build and grow your company. But have you thought about what will happen to your business when you're no longer around to run it? This is where succession planning comes in.

Succession planning involves developing a strategy for the transition of leadership and ownership of your business to the next generation of leaders. It is a critical component of any small business owner's long-term planning, as it ensures the continuation and sustainability of your business even after you retire, become incapacitated, or pass away.

Here are some key reasons why succession planning is crucial for small business owners:

  1. Protecting your business: Succession planning ensures that your business is protected and can continue to operate even if you're no longer able to run it. Without a clear succession plan in place, your business could be at risk of being dissolved, sold off, or falling into the wrong hands.

  2. Avoiding disputes: Succession planning helps avoid disputes among family members, business partners, or key stakeholders over the ownership and control of the business. By having a clear plan in place, you can ensure that everyone involved knows what to expect and can work together to achieve a smooth transition.

  3. Maximizing value: Succession planning can help maximize the value of your business by ensuring a smooth and well-planned transition of leadership and ownership. This can help attract potential buyers or investors and increase the overall value of your business.

  4. Preparing for the unexpected: Succession planning also helps prepare for unexpected events, such as the sudden death or disability of a key leader. By having a plan in place, you can ensure that the business can continue to operate and thrive even during times of crisis.

  5. Building a legacy: Finally, succession planning allows you to build a legacy for your business by ensuring that it can continue to thrive and provide for future generations of leaders and employees. This can be a source of pride and accomplishment for any small business owner.

Succession planning is a crucial component of any small business owner's long-term planning. It ensures the continuation and sustainability of your business, protects it from potential disputes, maximizes its value, prepares for unexpected events, and allows you to build a lasting legacy. So if you haven't already, contact us for help developing a succession plan for your business and ensure its future success.

About the Author

Kevin VandenBroeke

KEVIN VANDENBROEKE, ESQ., LL.M. I am a Southern California attorney practicing in Taxation, Estate Planning, and Business law. With my Master of Laws in Taxation and the experience leading teams of attorneys, CPAs, and Enrolled Agents, I am able to help my clients identify key needs and provide ...


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