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What are important considerations when planning the succession of a family business?

by Leo A. Hannah, CPA, MBA

Succession planning is a critical endeavor for all family businesses. If not done properly, a leadership void and/or discord among family members can have a significant negative impact on company performance. Although it is a difficult subject, it is critical to adequately prepare for succession. Key considerations include:

  • Planning early, possibly decades ahead of time
  • Company values and principles that will guide decisions
  • Commitment from the current leader on a fixed retirement date
  • Evaluation of leadership talent and interest both within the family and externally
  • Adequate time for the successor to prepare for leadership and establish credibility
  • Accommodation for family members not selected for leadership roles
  • Support of external advisors (CPAs, attorneys, etc.) in objectively assessing what is right for the business

​In the end, the goal is for multiple generations to talk openly, get everyone on the same page, keep the family together and continue a successful business. Contact H2R CPA at 412-391-2920 or team@h2rcpa.com to learn more about how we work with our clients on succession planning.

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