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Your Actions Today Can Guide the Future of Your Business. Ask Our Team How.

Your business depends on you. If you retire or suddenly become unable to work, the enterprise that you have developed may be in jeopardy. Protecting your business from the sudden—and the eventual—loss of key managers is essential.

Without a succession plan, your business may slip into turmoil during an already challenging time. Fortunately, it is easy to lay out your expectations and guidance for the future. Our attorneys at Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC can walk you through the creation of a succession plan and explain each aspect you should include.

Start your business succession plan today by scheduling a consultation with one of our Fairfield County lawyers. Call us at (203) 902-4882 or email one of our business attorneys.

What Is A Succession Plan, And Why Do I Need One?

No one wants to consider suddenly becoming unable to run a business, but as with estate planning, thinking about your wants and needs ahead of time will pay off in the long run. In its various forms, succession planning may encompass:

  • Cultivating the next generation of leaders in your company to take the reins, whether because of your planned—or unplanned—departure.
  • Retaining key employees with the “carrot” of benefit packages and the “stick” of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.
  • Developing detailed agreements among business owners to solidify management and financial arrangements, as well as to address the ramifications of death, disability and retirement.
  • Using board structures, trusts, powers of attorney and other techniques to minimize the effects of a sudden inability to exercise control.
  • Getting your business affairs in order, maximizing the value of your holdings and then smoothly selling your business to a qualified buyer.
  • Taking account of family considerations, so that wills, trusts, gifts and other estate planning techniques can help you benefit younger generations.

Who Can Be The Successor in a Business Succession Plan?

Selecting the right successor is a crucial element of a business succession plan. The successor is the individual or group who will take over the leadership and management of the business. Here are some key considerations when choosing a successor:

  • Family Members: In family-owned businesses, family members are often preferred successors, but qualifications and interest in the business should be key factors in the decision.
  • Key Employees: Experienced and dedicated employees can be great successors, especially when they have in-depth knowledge of the business.
  • External Candidates: Consider external candidates with the necessary skills and expertise to lead the company effectively.
  • Business Partners: In a partnership, remaining partners may buy out the departing partner's share to continue running the business.
  • Succession Committee: Form a committee to objectively assess potential successors based on qualifications, leadership abilities, and alignment with the company's values.

Qualities and Skills to Consider:

Look for qualities and skills such as strong leadership abilities, industry knowledge, adaptability, financial acumen, effective communication, and shared ethical values in potential successors.

Experienced Counsel from a Skilled Lawyer

At Chipman Mazzucco Emerson, we assist companies in Fairfield County and the surrounding areas of Connecticut and New York to develop succession plans that are tailored to their unique circumstances. Whether you are planning to retire, sell your business or give it to the next generation, we will provide the experienced and innovative guidance you need.

In your initial consultation, one of our experienced business law attorneys will learn about your goals and explain more about how succession planning may help you. Then, we can guide you through the process, conducting research and drafting contracts as necessary to ensure your goals are carried out.

Don’t wait to finalize your business succession plan. Call (203) 902-4882 or email our experienced attorneys to schedule a consultation.

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    We strive to find the optimal solution for each unique situation. We are well aware of conventional approaches, but we also think outside the box.

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