By Nathan Kublank and Mary Ellen Krueger, Aspiriant Directors in Wealth Management and Partners

​It’s common for family businesses to strongly believe the company they or previous generations steadfastly built is the family’s best long-term asset.

While on the surface this belief is understandable, and often accurate, it’s important to consider additional factors when it comes to making decisions around a transition of the business’ ownership and leadership.

Considerations that should come into play include:

•    Your child/children’s interest in working in the business
•    Their potential ability to earn income from a different source
•    The opportunity to sell the business at an advantageous price
•    The ability to reduce the risk of the family’s dependence on a concentrated asset
•    The time and emotional burden on the current generation of ownership

In short, creating a durable business succession plan comes down to what’s in the family’s long-term best interests.

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