Business Succession Planning

Your dedicated lawyer will help you through your business succession planning and implementation

Your dedicated lawyer will help you through your business succession planning and implementation

Future Planning - Business Succession Planning

Planning to retire from your business whilst at the same time protecting the reputation and success you have worked hard to build requires considerable preparation. You will need to contemplate who you would want to hand over control of your business to and how you would want to do it.

How can Goughs support you?

The key to a stress free retirement is to plan for the succession of your business early. This gives you plenty of time to adjust the business structure if need be, to recruit others or grow and upskill current staff to eventually take control of your business and to plan for your own exit and retirement.

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Popular questions
about business succession

Succession planning can involve making a Will to set out who you wish to inherit your assets. For complex families and particularly those with high net-worth, there may be additional steps required. This could be creating trusts or family investment companies to protect your wealth for future generations. It may also include the appointment of professionals to assist in the management of your assets. Succession planning will:

  • Manage family expectations of their inheritance to avoid future disputes
  • Educate the next generation on their future responsibilities and how to manage their large inheritance
  • Minimise inheritance tax
  • Assist you in deciding how to hand over control of your business
  • Allow you to consider the rewards of allocating some of your wealth to charity.
  • Give you the opportunity to plan for unexpected circumstances, such as losing mental capacity

The Private Wealth team at Goughs Solicitors, Wiltshire, specialises in advising clients on how best to structure their estates to ensure their wealth is passed down through their family.

A Will may be the most important legal document a high net worth individual can consider and create. A Will sets out how your assets, business, property and finances, will be distributed on your death.

Although, in cases of ultra high net worth estate planning you must have a very clear and comprehensive idea of how you wish your assets to be broken down on your death. A Will is the essential part of the process to ensure this happens. 

Goughs Solicitors can offer advice tailored to you and your family to create a Will that suits your requirements. A vague or confusing will may get contested after your death which will ultimately mean further suffering, and financial burden, on those left behind. 

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Your business succession team

Dawn Moir

Partner (TEP)

Dawn joined in 2003 and became a partner in 2004. Whilst Dawn supports her team with all aspects of estate planning and estate administration, her particular areas of expertise are later life planning & support, and trust creation & administration, including all things tax.

Phillip Bolton

Partner & Head of Private Wealth

Phillip is a Partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team at the firm. His practice encompasses all aspects of private client work, with a particular interest in complex Wills, wealth preservation, tax mitigation, and estate planning.

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