Why Don’t Family Businesses Plan for Succession?

2017_10_AgLegacyNewsletter

Why Don’t Family Businesses Plan for Succession?
Nearly everyone will recognize the importance of a succession plan for successfully transferring a business to the next generation. Doing no planning or choosing to avoid the issues involved almost always leads to disastrous results. However, less than 40 percent of agricultural businesses have a succession plan. What’s the hold up?
   Logic would suggest that developing a succession plan would be an obvious step toward transferring management and business ownership. However, complex forces are at work and, despite recognizing the importance of a plan, most farm owners and managers decide to do nothing about succession.

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