Protecting the future of your business with an estate plan

On Behalf of | Sep 6, 2023 | Estate Planning |

There are few things as emotionally challenging as considering what will happen after you pass away. While it can be difficult to consider your own mortality, it is beneficial to think about laying a foundation that will allow you to look to your future with confidence. This is particularly true for business owners. If you own a business, it is critical that you take steps to develop an estate plan that will allow you to protect your business for years to come. With certain plans in place, you can decide what will happen to your company in the future. 

You know how much effort it requires to start a business and bring it to a place where it is profitable and successful. You have worked to ensure that your Ohio company will succeed, but you may not always be around to make sure it is running as you want it to. As part of your complete estate plan, a succession plan will allow you to have the final say over what happens to your business 

What happens next? 

It is not possible to control the future, but it is possible to establish plans that will allow you to have a certain element of control over certain things. Through your succession plan, you can make it clear what you wish to happen to your business after you pass or in the event of your incapacitation, whether that is passing ownership to an heir, planning for a sale and more. Your plans for future ownership will determine what details you need to include in your succession plan. 

For example, if you intend to pass your business to an heir, you may want to include plans for management training in your succession plan. If you intend to sell your business, you will need to consider the tax implications of this decision. You may also develop your succession plan around your intention to allow co-owners to buy out your interests in the company in the event of your death. 

Security and peace of mind 

You can feel confident about the future of your business when you have a succession plan in place. If you are unsure of where to start, it may be beneficial to seek an understanding of your options by pursuing a professional opinion regarding how you can leverage your estate plan to protect your business. As the future is unpredictable, it is beneficial to take this step as soon as possible.