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Tips for protecting your family business

On Behalf of | Nov 27, 2022 | Business & Commercial Law |

Opening a family business offers several benefits. You can leave your children and grandchildren a legacy and have something lasting for future generations. However, to do this, it is necessary to continue on a path of growth and success. 

Unfortunately, disputes may arise between family members when the owner passes away. Here you can learn what to do to protect your family business and how to make transitions to new owners successful and issue-free. 

Create an operating agreement

Creating a clear and concise operating agreement is imperative when opening a business. In this document, you include the roles of all parties involved and provide insight regarding what happens if a dispute occurs between those involved. Having guidance in place from the start of a business is imperative to avoid disagreements now and in the future. 

Use life insurance wisely

You can use life insurance to protect your family business. If you pass away, for example, your business will likely be affected. Life insurance can help cover the losses or failures that may occur. 

It can be used to cover gaps and keep the business operating if the current owner passes away. You can combine a buy/sell agreement with life insurance, too. The compensation this offers can be used to purchase the business from the person who passed away. 

Keep your plan updated

You must update your business documents regularly. If you want to ensure that your family business withstands the ups and downs of the economy, it is smart to work with someone who knows what protections you should put in place. Knowing the legal ways to protect your family business will pay off in the long run.