How Business Succession Planning Can Help Business Owners Protect Their Assets –

How Business Succession Planning Can Help Business Owners Protect Their Assets

What if you get sick or injured and can’t run your business anymore? Who will run your business after you leave, and will they run it the way you want?

Setting up a good business succession plan can help your business change hands more smoothly.

Business succession planning, which is also called “business continuation planning,” is about making plans for the business to keep going after the owner leaves. A clear business succession plan spells out what will happen if the owner retires, dies, or becomes unable to run the business.

Most good plans for the future of a business include, but are not limited to:

Goal-setting, such as figuring out who will be able to own and run the business;

The business owner’s plans for retirement, disability, and his or her estate;

Process description, such as who the shares should be transferred to, how to do it, and how the transferee should pay for the transfer;

Checking to see if life insurance and investments are in place to help pay for the transfer of ownership. If not, how do you plan to fill the gaps?

“Analyzing shareholder agreements; and

Assessing the business environment and strategy, the strengths and weaknesses of management, and the structure of the company.

Why should business owners plan for the future of their business?

Possible problems have been thought of and dealt with, so the business can be transferred more easily.

Income for the business owner through insurance policies, such as a steady income for a business owner who is disabled or very sick, or a source of income for the family of a business owner who has died.

Less likely that the business will have to close because the owner died suddenly or got sick and can’t work anymore.

Some parts of a good business succession plan need money for them to work. Investments, internal reserves, and bank loans are all common ways to pay for a succession plan.

But insurance is usually the best choice because it is the most effective and least expensive way to solve the problem.

Life and disability insurance on each owner makes sure that if one of the owners dies, some of the financial risk is taken on by the insurance company. The money will be used to buy out the business share of the person who died.

The owners can choose to own the insurance policies through either a “cross-purchase agreement” or a “entity-purchase agreement,” depending on which one they like better.

Cross-Acquisition Agreement

In a cross-purchase agreement, people who own the same property buy and own insurance policies on each other. When an owner dies, the proceeds from their policy will be paid to the other owners, who will use the money to buy the deceased owner’s share of the business at a price that has already been agreed upon.

But there are some things that can’t be agreed upon in this way. One important reason is that if there are 10 or more co-owners of a business, it would be hard for each owner to keep separate policies on each other. Because the owners are so different ages, the cost of each policy may be very different, which is unfair.

In this case, most people choose to use an entity-purchase agreement.

Purchase-Sale Agreement

In an entity-purchase agreement, the business buys a single policy on each owner, making the business both the owner of the policy and the person who gets the money from it. When an owner dies, the company will use the money from the policy to buy the owner’s share of the business. All costs are paid for by the business, and the co-owners keep their equity.

What Happens If a Business Doesn’t Have a Plan for the Future?

If you don’t have a good plan for what will happen to your business if you die or become permanently disabled, it could be very bad.

Without a plan for taking over the business, these things could happen.

If the business is owned by more than one person, the people who still own the business may fight over the shares of the person who left or the percentage of the business.

There might also be a fight between the people selling and buying the business. For example, the buyer might insist on a lower price if the seller wants to charge more.

If the business owner becomes permanently disabled or very sick, they might not be able to work, which could affect how the business runs. This could hurt the clients’ trust in the company, as well as its sales and morale.

If the business owner, who is the only source of income for his or her family, dies suddenly, the family will no longer get any money.

Don’t let everything you’ve worked on fall apart when you’re not there. Having a good business succession plan in place before something unexpected or untimely happens can help protect your business legacy and make sure that you and your family will be taken care of in the future.

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For more information on how to plan for the future of your business, you can talk to one of our financial consultants, who will be happy to help you make a plan that fits your needs.

Financial Alliance is an independent company that helps its clients protect and grow their wealth by giving them good, unbiased financial advice. Financial Alliance is a well-known brand in Singapore that has been helping businesses and individuals plan for their financial futures for 15 years. They offer top-notch services to both businesses and individuals.


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