23041 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (949) 855-
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Beck & Christian, APC
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended to serve as legal advice. You should not act or fail to act based on the information on this website. This website contains general information only, and may not reflect recent changes to the law. All cases differ – please contact an attorney in your area to get legal advice as it pertains to your case. Attorneys Gregory Beck and Stephen Christian are licensed to practice law in the State of California.
The Laguna Hills Law Firm Beck & Christian has been providing experienced legal counsel to business clients in and around Laguna Hills for more than 35 years by helping them create and establish business succession strategies in case of retirement, incapacitation or death.
Expert Tax and Estate Planning Attorneys and highly experienced Business Law Lawyers, Beck & Christian strive to help you meet your goals by ensuring a smooth transition of ownership through comprehensive Business Succession Planning, while keeping an eye towards maximizing the retention of wealth and minimizing tax liability.
Some law firms are extremely large, and they boast about this. However, at Beck & Christian we understand the basic doctrine that our clients need lawyers who return calls, maintain close contact, and know the value of establishing a long-
If you are seeking intelligent and skilled Advanced Estate Planning advice, contact Laguna Hills Estate Planning & Business Succession Attorneys Beck & Christian at (949) 855-
At Beck & Christian, we’ve been helping families pass on their interests through Business Succession Estate Planning for 35 years. Our clients are secure in the knowledge that the businesses they’ve worked so hard to build and grow will continue to remain within the family upon retirement, incapacitation or death.
Our seasoned lawyers can help you create a Buy / Sell Agreement, create a charitable trust for taxation purposes, gift your ownership interest to family members, implement tax strategies that will maximize the retention of business assets with minimal tax liability, and help you create a comprehensive will or trust to address these issues.
If you have an ownership interest in a business, it is vital that you plan for the future by implementing a business succession plan. Failure to do so could result in the loss of the business and division within the family. Let our lawyers put their business, estate and tax planning experience to work for you!
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1. What is a Business Succession Plan?
A Business Succession Plan is an Estate Planning Tool that’s designed to determine how a business, generally a family business or closely held business, will be operated or dissolved upon the incapacitation or death of the founder.
2. Why do I need a Business Succession Plan?
There are numerous, highly complex issues that may arise upon the death or incapacitation of the individual in charge of running and operating a business. Business Succession Plans serve to minimize costly litigation by designating who and how a business will be run once the individual in charge is no longer able to carry out his or her duties. A comprehensive Business Succession Plan should also include how the business pays state and federal taxes, and under which circumstances the business should ultimately be dissolved.
3. What should my Business Succession Plan include?
Business Succession Plans should set forth detailed information ranging from who should take over daily operations on either a temporary or permanent basis, to how the business and/or individuals will be taxed based upon the type of entity formed. Additionally, a comprehensive Business Succession Plan should also include detailed instructions for dissolving the business and strategies for conflict resolution between feuding parties of interest.
4. Can I draw up my own Business Succession Plan?
Due to the complex nature of both Estate Planning and Taxation, we highly advise against trying to draft your own Business Succession Plan. A skilled lawyer from Beck & Christian will meet with you to obtain an in-
5. When should I have a Business Succession Plan drafted?
Failure to institute a comprehensive, well-
6. How can a Business Succession Plan protect my company from litigation?
Business Succession Plans are created to set forth a path for your company to continue normal operating procedures under the most stressful of circumstances. A highly detailed Succession Plan can prevent litigation by clearly outlining who will be in charge of business management, how any management or directorial transitions shall be carried out, and how conflicts between interested parties are to be resolved. Without these procedures in place, families and business partners who are at odds with one another are more likely to end up litigating their issues in court.
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