Buy-Sell Agreements: A Smart Business Decision Also Makes Estate Planning Sense

Do you own a business with one or more individuals? Undoubtedly, your interest in the business represents a substantial part of your net worth and is likely your “pride and joy.” So it’s normal if your fondest wish is for the business to continue long after you’re gone or for you to keep it running […]

Avoid “Bad Blood” Among Family Members: Protect Your Will From Legal Challenges

You’ve probably seen it in the movies or on TV: A close-knit family gathers to find out what’s contained in the will of a wealthy patriarch or matriarch. When the terms are revealed, a niece, for example, benefits at the expense her uncle, causing a ruckus. This “bad blood” continues to boil between estranged family […]

Business Succession and Estate Planning: It Can Be Complicated

Transferring a family business to the next generation requires a delicate balancing act. Estate and succession planning strategies aren’t always compatible, and family members often have conflicting interests. By starting early and planning carefully, however, it’s possible to resolve these conflicts and transfer the business in a tax-efficient manner. Ownership vs. management succession One reason […]

Building the framework of your succession plan

At some point, we all must hang up our hard hats. But what will happen to your construction company when you retire? Or when you simply can’t work for an extended period, because of illness or injury? Having a succession plan in place is key to ensuring the business will go on. Even if you’re not […]

Attracting nonprofit execs with creative compensation mixes

The IRS’s reasonable compensation rule sometimes may seem like an obstacle to attracting and retaining qualified nonprofit executives. Although the rule is intended to prevent “private inurement” or “excess benefits,” it ultimately restricts what you can offer a candidate. Of course, some nonprofits simply don’t have the means — or their donors object to using […]

Should you pay board members?

Contrary to what many believe, it’s legal — and in some cases, necessary — to compensate nonprofit board members. For example, paying compensation can help attract well-known business leaders or people with specialized expertise. It might also be appropriate if board members are expected to invest significant time and effort in the role, or if […]

5 tips for successful nonprofit succession

Every nonprofit organization needs a comprehensive succession plan to ensure smooth leadership transitions. Here are five tips for making a written plan successful: Look within. It’s important to develop employees who can move up the ladder when an executive director or other senior manager leaves. But don’t rule out hiring an outsider. Promoting from within […]

How nonprofits can treat “Founder’s Syndrome”

Of the many afflictions that can impede a nonprofit organization’s growth, one of the more deadly is “Founder’s Syndrome.” This occurs when a single individual — typically the founder, executive director or other long-term leader — wields a disproportionate amount of power and resists efforts to redistribute authority. Fortunately, there’s a potential cure. Note the […]

Numbers matter: The finer points of your succession plan

When it comes to succession plans, construction company owners often focus on when they intend to leave the business or who will replace them. But, remember, numbers play an important role as well — particularly if you intend to sell the business to help finance your retirement. Obtain an appraisal A business valuation is a […]

What can a valuation expert do for your succession plan?

Most business owners spend a lifetime building their business. And when it comes to succession, they face the difficult decision of whether to sell, dissolve or transfer the business to family members (or a non-family successor). Many complicated issues are involved, including how to divvy up business interests, allocate value and tackle complex tax issues. […]