Do you own a business that is ready for a change at the top? At Scott M. Haapala PLLC, I work with business owners to create a succession plan to secure their business in the event of a transition in ownership or control. I help eliminate confusion and reduce financial complications as stakeholders struggle with changes. Whether you are a large corporation or a small, family-owned business, I am able to provide solutions for handing the reins over to the next generation of leadership.
I know how hard entrepreneurs must work to build their businesses, and I will work equally hard to protect the gains you’ve made as you transfer your business to new leadership. Whether you are handing over your business to a trusted family member or an outside buyer, it’s important to retain the good will and loyalty of your customers and shareholders. Continuing good will preserves the value of the business for new leadership and ensures the exiting owner will receive continued strong revenue through royalties or profit-sharing. I draw upon my training and experience to craft a transition plan suitable for your business that allows customers, trade partners and investors to get comfortable with the new leadership before any major changes occur.
Family-owned businesses come with expectations for succession and emotional entanglements that can be damaging to the future of the business when members disagree about its direction. Those most interested in retaining control may have the least amount of business savvy or may lack the work ethic to drive the business forward. For these and many other reasons, it’s important for the business owner to:
The succession plan can be part of the owner’s will or living trust, and should employ sound estate planning strategies to minimize tax liability.
Business owners should plan for succession well in advance of anticipated retirement. This allows the new leadership to learn the business and make a smooth transition that retains customer loyalty. Unfortunately, too many owners of family businesses put off the inevitable, creating stress and discord as the family struggles to adjust. I am fully equipped to turn these complex issues into simple solutions to ensure that your business is on firm footing as you plan for retirement.
It’s difficult to step aside from the business you built. But since that day will come, it’s essential to make the transition as smooth as possible, and I can help. Call Scott M. Haapala PLLC at 206-240-0442 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.