A Case Study in Succession Planning

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Should the Sons Start a New Business Entity?

Succession planning for a closely-held business has many potential pitfalls, including:

  • Reluctance of the founder to relinquish control
  • Absence of family members ready to run the business
  • Squabbles over control of the business
  • Concerns about how to value the business and equalize distributions of the founder’s estate.
  • Income and gift tax liability

Consider the following hypothetical case.


Dad, the family patriarch, has a wholly-owned corporation (“POP, Inc.”) that has operated a family business for 40 years. Recently, however, regulatory authorities have been particularly critical of certain aspects of the “old school” way the business is being conducted, asserting regulatory …read more

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