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Estate Planning for Young Entrepreneurs

Loune-Djenia Askew, Esq.

Jul 1, 2024

This blog explores essential estate planning strategies that every young entrepreneur should consider.

Young entrepreneurs often focus intensely on building their businesses, sometimes overlooking personal estate planning. Estate planning is a strategic step for your personal and business assets to be protected and efficiently transferred according to your wishes. This blog explores essential estate planning strategies that every young entrepreneur should consider.

Estate planning involves preparing for the future management and distribution of your assets during your lifetime and after your death. For entrepreneurs, this also means safeguarding the business you've worked hard to build and ensuring its continuity or smooth transition.

Key Components of an Entrepreneur’s Estate Plan

Will: A will is the foundational element of your estate plan. It specifies how your personal assets should be distributed and can also include instructions for the care of any minor children. For entrepreneurs, you need to specify who will inherit your business or its assets.

Trust: Setting up a trust can offer more control over how your assets are managed and distributed. Trusts can help avoid the public and often lengthy process of probate, which is beneficial for maintaining the privacy and uninterrupted operation of your business.

Power of Attorney: A durable POA allows you to designate someone to manage your personal and business finances if you become incapacitated. This is important to make sure that your business operations continue smoothly without legal hitches.

Buy-Sell Agreement: For entrepreneurs with business partners, a buy-sell agreement dictates what happens to your share of the business should you pass away unexpectedly, and guarantee that your interests are bought out and that your family is compensated.

Planning for Taxes: This might include estate taxes, inheritance taxes, and income taxes on inherited retirement accounts. Proper planning guarantees that your beneficiaries receive the maximum benefit from their inheritance without a heavy tax burden.

As your business grows and personal circumstances change, so should your estate plan. Regular reviews—at least every three to five years or after significant life or business events—is recommended.

Estate planning for entrepreneurs can be complex so consulting with estate planning attorneys who are experienced in business matters can provide you with advice and peace of mind. They can help you with the specifics of your estate planning needs, both personal assets and implications for your business.

For more information, contact our office at Askew & Associates, P.A. by calling 954-546-2699.

Disclaimer: this blog post is not intended to be legal advice. We highly recommend speaking to an attorney if you have any legal concerns.

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