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Choosing the successor for your business in your estate plan

On Behalf of | May 18, 2023 | Estate Planning |

As a business owner, you must plan for the future of your business through estate planning.

If you own a business in Virginia, you may be wondering if you have the ability to choose the successor for your business in your estate plan. This article will explore whether you can choose who inherits your business.

Understanding Virginia estate planning laws

Before you can choose the successor for your business in your Virginia estate plan, it is essential to understand the estate planning laws in the state. Virginia operates as an “opt-out” state, meaning that if you do not have an estate plan, the state’s intestacy laws will govern how your assets, including your business, get distributed. By creating an estate plan, you can ensure that your assets, including your business, get distributed according to your preferences.

Choosing your business successor

As a business owner in Virginia, you have the power to choose your business successor in your estate plan. One option is to transfer ownership of your business to a family member or a trusted employee. You can accomplish this by executing a will or trust, which outlines how the transfer of ownership of the business happens.

Another option is to create a buy-sell agreement, which allows your business partners or co-owners to buy your interest in the business if you pass away. This can be particularly beneficial if you have multiple business partners or if you want to ensure that your business remains within the company’s ownership.

It can be helpful to seek guidance before making any decisions regarding your business succession to ensure a smooth transfer of ownership and minimal disruption to the business. Planning for the future is a crucial aspect of estate planning for business owners, and taking the necessary steps can provide peace of mind for both you and your loved ones.

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