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What Business Owners Should Consider for Estate Planning

September 22, 2016

Filed under: Business Succession Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

After putting in all the hard work to get your business off the ground, it can seem like a good time to take a break from planning. After all, who wants to think about the end when you’ve just made it to the beginning? The ones most likely to skip out on estate and business succession planning are young business owners who consider themselves to have few assets.

Although it might seem counterintuitive, taking the steps to conduct estate and business succession planning early on is strongly recommended. Business owners forget that assets like retirement plans and group life insurance can be classified as part of your estate. This means that if someone dies without a will, state laws determine where those assets will go rather than the former owner. This can lead to unintended outcomes, like a young business owner’s parents, receiving all the assets. 

Bear in mind that death is not the only reason someone might exit a business. It’s essential to partner with an experienced attorney to discuss what happens if a partner or a shareholder exits the business due to disability, for example, all the same questions will be raised about transferring management or other responsibilities. Without proper planning, there can also be unintended tax consequences, too. Having a clear plan to outline what should happen when any partner or essential stakeholder needs to step out of the business suddenly.

Without a proper plan, all of the hard work that went into establishing and growing your business can come to a screeching halt. This can be extremely problematic and can even impact the company’s ability to get things organized quickly.

Ready to get a plan in place for your company to minimize transition headaches? Contact an experienced New Jersey business succession lawyer today to learn more.



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