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Business Succession in Ohio

Your business represents your life’s work, and you want it to continue going long after you retire. First, though, you need a business succession plan. Without a plan, your share of the company assets must go through probate. Also, your business could suffer catastrophic losses due to the lack of leadership or key personnel equipped to move the company forward.

Our Ohio business succession planning lawyer can help you make a seamless ownership transition. We will review the various options available for your business succession plan and help protect your interest in the company while setting it up for future success. Contact us today to discuss your needs. Then, we can develop a strategy that’s right for you.


Business Succession Planning Steps

Our Ohio business succession planning lawyer can guide you through the process of crafting the ideal succession plan.

  • Creating a succession timeline
  • Evaluating key personnel and potential successors
  • Establishing a fair and accurate business valuation
  • Formalizing your standard operating procedures
  • Developing a strategy to fund the succession


Choosing an Heir as a Successor

Many Ohio business owners select an heir as a successor. This is often a clear choice in a family business when a child or another family member has an important role in running the company. But even if you choose a family member to lead the business into the next generation, you still benefit from having a business succession plan in place.


First, you’ll need to decide if you want one or more family members to take over the business. Then, you’ll need to create instructions that detail the succession plan and compensation structure. You also might want to draft a buy-sell agreement. Then, family members who don’t have active roles in the business can sell shares to others. Finally, you’ll need to consider the leadership structure. With so many tasks to tick off your to-do list, it’s wise to consult a Jarvis Law Office business succession planning lawyer to ensure your succession plan explains these many important details.

What if You Have a Co-Owner?

If you co-own the business with another individual, you can consider selling your portion to your partner. Your Ohio business succession planning lawyer can draft an agreement between you and your business partner. The agreement will state that the partner will purchase your interest in the business if you become incapacitated or pass away.


If you choose the co-owner as your successor, you will also need to create a buy-sell agreement. Your attorney will use this agreement to ensure you receive fair compensation for the sale of your portion of the business. In addition, your attorney can advise you on key insurance policies that you might want to include as part of the succession plan.

Can You Sell Your Business To An Employee?

Do you have a key employee who is vital to your day-to-day operations? Does the person know the business inside and out and is interested in taking ownership of the business? If so, you can name the key employee as your successor. Your Ohio succession planning attorney will help you create a timeline that includes your retirement date. Your lawyer will also help you draft a buy-sell agreement and other documents to ensure a smooth transition to the new owner.


Preparing Your Business for Succession

If you don’t have a successor in mind, you might choose to sell the company to a third party. However, you will need to take steps to prepare your business first. This might include formalizing your operating procedures, training a general manager, and valuing your business. Your Ohio business succession planning attorney can assist with each step of this process.


Why Choose Jarvis Law Office?

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We have offices in Lancaster, St. Clairsville, and Dublin, making it easy for clients throughout Central and Southeast Ohio to reach us.

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