Business Succession Planning: Forms and Practice Manual

by H.F. "Rick" Riebesell

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  • Updated annually
  • 1 volume, 840+ pages, 30+ forms
  • Includes a forms CD
  • ISBN# 1-57400-110-8

Business Succession Planning: Forms and Practice Manual

Prominent attorney, H.F. “Rick” Riebesell, has drawn from his extensive experience to bring you insightful strategies and relevant forms for virtually every business succession situation you may encounter, in this one-volume manual featuring a bonus CD-ROM with more than 30 electronic forms.

This extensive, updated Manual, with more than 840 pages of content, provides all the necessary elements needed during the business succession planning process. The manual focuses on the business, legal, and tax implications that need to be addressed. The accompanying CD-ROM contains documents to enforce the plan, with an emphasis on buy-sell agreements.

Important new features of your revised book include:

  • A new chapter on Creating a Sustainable Planning Environment:
    • In a sustainable planning environment, the owners consistently communicate to one another about their values with respect to the business.
    • Even in an ideal planning environment, this communication does not always take place.
    • The ideal planning environment such that there is in place an embedded group decision-making process, dynamic operational planning, a succession plan, and an owner agreement with buy-sell provisions executed after professional review with appropriate formality is described.
    • After reaching an understanding that this structure, albeit an ideal planning environment, is not sustainable, the question is how do we create a sustainable planning environment? The answer comes through the use of ritual – a very effective method is detailed to provide for the sustainability of the planning environment.

H.F. (“Rick”) Riebesell is the principal consultant of Business Transition Consulting LLC. He specializes in finding solutions for the problems of owners of closely-held (owner-managed) businesses. Rick was a practicing lawyer for over thirty years.

He is experienced in business transactions of all types and understands sophisticated estate planning. He has helped businesses with issues including business succession, asset protection, marital agreements, wealth accumulation, and transactions involving the sale and acquisition of businesses. Rick has a special interest in the problems of family-owned enterprises.

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Chapter 1: The Role of the Advisor

Chapter 2: Preparing the Owners

Chapter 3: Critical Conversations

Chapter 4: Values

Chapter 5: Meeting Theory and Making Decisions

Chapter 6: Control, Power, and Prestige

Chapter 7: External Systems

Chapter 8: Creating the Succession Plan

Chapter 9: Purpose of the Buy-Sell Agreement

Chapter 10: Structure of the Buy-Sell Agreement

Chapter 11: Issues of S Corporations

Chapter 12: Triggers and Payment Terms

Chapter 13: Value

Chapter 14: Funding

Chapter 15: Employment-Related Restrictions

Chapter 16: Problems for a New Loss Corporation

Chapter 17: Estate Tax Considerations

Chapter 18: Transfer Restrictions

Chapter 19: Covenants Not to Compete

Chapter 20: Gifting of Ownership Rights

Chapter 21: Redemption to Pay Taxes

Chapter 22: Installment Payment of Estate Tax

Chapter 23: Available Business Entities

Chapter 24: The Influence of the Estate Tax

Chapter 25: Estate Planning with an Unstable Tax Regime

Chapter 26: Drafting the Owners Agreement Containing Buy-Sell Provisions for Owner-Managed (Closely-Held and Family) Businesses

Chapter 27: Business Consulting Intervention Where One Individual Dominates the Decision Process

Chapter 28: The Short Form Owner Agreement

Chapter 29: Developing the Concept of Wealth Creation

Chapter 30: Marketing Opportunities Using the Internet

Chapter 31: Crisis Intervention

Chapter 32: Creating a Sustainable Planning Environment


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