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When it's time to pass on the company, take these steps

Your heirs have been waiting many years to take over the company, and you've decided it's finally time to step down. Transitioning the company from your control to the control of others in your family has the potential to threaten your business, which is why it's vital to take the appropriate steps to transfer power.

Your heirs are ready to take over, and you know they've been trained to walk in your footsteps. Still, there are things you can do to make the transition go smoothly. Here are a few to consider.

1. You should transfer the business before it's an emergency

It's a better idea to transition the power and authority in your company before it's inevitable. That means that you shouldn't wait until you're too sick to run the business or in a state where you can't help with the transition. By transferring the business early, you'll be there to smooth over any issues that arise. You can continue to coach those who take over the company and make your wishes known. On top of that, you won't have heirs fighting over positions, since you can appoint them then and there.

2. Consider whether or not to use a professional management team

If your heirs don't get along or you believe there will be strife or problems if they work in the company together, then you might want to consider a professional management team. Taking family out of the equation can help protect the business, even if that means your family won't have their hands in the everyday workings of the organization.

3. Determine the business's goals now

Your goals for your business may not be your heirs' goal, which could create a problem. Take the time you have before the transition to work out a succession plan and to determine the company's future goals and path to success. Doing so together can help eliminate arguments over the direction of the company later.

These are three things to think about when you're preparing to transition ownership of your company. With good organization and preparation, the transition can go smoothly.

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