Thoughts on Succession Planning

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Having served as legal counsel to hundreds of sales representatives, perhaps the worst type of call that I receive is from an owner of a successful sales rep agency who has waited too long to think about — let alone implement — a succession plan, but who now has an urgent need for one.

In many instances, the urgency for having a succession plan is compelled by one of the agency’s principals (manufacturers), which has threatened termination unless an acceptable succession plan is in place by a given (typically short) deadline. But, what if you (as the owner) are not … Read the rest