How to Prepare for a Smooth Family Business Succession
A majority of businesses in Canada are family businesses—privately owned companies where one or more family members of the owner (usually children) work in the business. In many cases, the question of succession planning and whether the children will eventually take over ownership of the business often arises.
Passing on a family business to the next generation is a major life event of which many owners dream. Realistically, this does not magically happen and requires carefully mapping out a family business succession plan. This article looks at the challenges of family business succession and highlights preparations to make for a smooth transition.