This service offering will help our business owners with their legacy planning.
Most of our business owner clients are working hard in their businesses but rarely stop to think about protecting their legacy. We'll provide you with a comprehensive personal estate plan combined with a detailed out business succession plan so that your death or incapacity will not create a burden on your loved ones.
Below are our basic suggestions for business owners to consider. We will work with you to design an estate plan that is tailored to your individual needs.
1. Business Succession Planning
Whether you have a single owner or multiple owners makes a big difference. We'll review your governing documents and recommend a Buy-Sell agreement to protect the interest of all owners.
2. Life Insurance
The company should ensure it has adequate life insurance policies on all of the owners. Without life insurance, the surviving shareholders will have to find other ways to buy out an owner's heirs under a Buy-Sell Agreement, and that may come from working capital or a business loan, which places a burden on the business.
3. Estate Planning with a Revocable Trust
We often advise small business owners to include a revocable trust in their estate plan. The revocable trust should be funded, at least in part, with the business interest of the owner and will state how those interests should be distributed in the event of death.
A trust also avoids probate, which typically causes unnecessary delays and expense to the beneficiaries. For the small business owner, probate can also threaten the day do day functions of a business, but establishing a trust will avoid probate and allow the business to continue to operate.