Successful owners are usually optimistic people, somewhat averse to dwelling on the more unpleasant aspects of business. Contemplating one’s demise certainly qualifies as an unpleasant aspect. Consequently, advisors to owners tend to use a lot of buzz words when we talk about business continuity. We ask, “What happens if the owner ‘passes on’ or ‘leaves the scene?’” We talk about the consequences of an owner’s death upon the business in theoretical, third party terms:
“Should an owner die …” Unfortunately, these oblique references gloss over the central fact that you, the owner, must take care of business now in case you (rather than some anonymous third party) die tomorrow.
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