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Category: Succession Planning Advice

A Small Business Succession Plan Needs a Quarterback

Succession planning is a huge multi-year process. Even at the small business level there is a number of 'players' involved: -          The insurance agent looks at the insurance need. They think more insurance is better. -          The banker wants security from everyone involved - the retiring shareholders and the new ... Continue reading

Shareholders Agreement – Advice

A good shareholders agreement is one you hope you never have to use. Any corporation with more than one shareholder should have one in place, but not many actually do. The corporate law firm should prepare the final document, but there are 4 major issues the shareholders can iron out themselves before they start paying lawyers fees. 4 issues D... Continue reading

Reducing the Dependence on the Business Owner – Succession Planning

There are a lot of small businesses in the marketplace that are doing just fine. If they are a first generation business, the founder owners are still the driving force in the business. When the business owner starts looking to the future from the position of current stability and prosperity, some common scenarios appear. Common issues 1)    ... Continue reading

Succession Planning – The Most Important Advice

In doing succession and estate planning, it is important to work through various scenarios and timing of life events and plan for each of them. Sometimes we make assumptions about certain events that don’t turn out to be true. Succession planning tip:Count the living people as living! One example is three brothers who came to see me for busines... Continue reading