Succession Planning: Will Your Farm Sink or Swim?

November 24, 2015 09:02 AM
Succession Planning: Will Your Farm Sink or Swim?

Succession planning workshop for farmers on Dec. 8 in McKinney, Texas

Did you know 90% of families fail to keep their farm together for three or more generations? It’s a staggering figure and might even seem like unbeatable odds, but you don’t have to be a statistic. Good planning, open communication and solid preparation can put you in that coveted 10% who successfully transition generation after generation.

Dick Wittman, succession planning and financial management consultant in Culdesac, Idaho, says family businesses often struggle with the difference between succession planning and estate planning. Succession planning deals with business viability and future leadership, while estate planning addresses financial and tax issues within the business.

Both are critical in the planning process to pass on the family farm to the next generation but too often families put the cart before the horse.

One of the biggest mistakes Wittman says he has witnessed in four decades of advising family businesses is the tendency to start with estate planning with the best of intentions to work on succession planning later. While you can work on both simultaneously, key succession planning questions need to be answered before estate planning can truly begin.

Learn the difference between succession planning and estate planning and create a family dialogue to answer those critical questions at the Farm Journal Legacy Workshop on Dec. 8, in McKinney, Texas.

Dick Wittman leads the workshop with discussions on constructing a succession plan and actionable steps to get you on the right path toward a successful plan to pass on your legacy to the next generation.

Event Details:

Tuesday, December 8

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites McKinney-Fairview
3220 Craig Drive
McKinney, TX 75070


Dick Wittman, Wittman Consulting

Randy Netek, CPA, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Shannon L. Ferrell, Associate Professor, Ag Law, Oklahoma State University 

Click here to see the event agenda and register today!


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