When you own a business, estate planning and business succession planning are emphatically entwined. Estate planning for business owners requires careful consideration of the impacts of your business succession plan on your life, retirement goals, and family. These objectives must be balanced and coordinated with your wishes for the future of the company, business partners, and employees.
Estate planning can be a complex process. If you have a thorough, updated plan in place, you probably feel confident that your last wishes will be carried out. However, an important part of the process is often neglected--communicating your estate plan to your family and heirs. Sadly, if you fail to tend to this aspect of successful estate planning, your family could still be left in emotional and financial turmoil despite your efforts to document your wishes and provide a smooth transition of wealth.