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Gary Ainsworth

The Law Office of Gary E. Ainsworth, LL. B. can answer any questions you might have about Succession Planning.


Succession Planning is a significant part of the Estate Planning for any Business Owner. This is particularly true for Owners who are involved in the day to day operation of the Business. We often refer to these people as Owner/Operators.

There are many Small Business Entrepreneurs and Farmers who are planning to exit the day to day operations of their business or farm and need to develop an exit strategy in consultation with their financial and legal advisors.

The exit strategy may involve the transfer of ownership and control of the business or farm to a new generation of family member(s) or third party purchaser(s) while maintaining sufficient financial resources to provide a retirement income.

All factors to be taken into account while in the process of Succession Planning are too numerous to review in this short summary. However, it is important to consider the timing of the transfer and the steps that will need to be taken to prepare the business enterprise or farm for the transfer.

You will need to develop a succession plan that will implement the transfer of the ownership of the business or farm and the managerial responsibility to the next generation or third party purchaser.

If owners were ready to retire at the same time as the children third party purchaser are ready and willing to start running the business or farm, transfer arrangements would be relatively easy. Since this is seldom the case most owners will need to make fairly long term plans for the transfer of ownership while remaining involved in the day to day operations during the implementation period.

Succession Planning involves determining the optimum means by which to transfer the Assets and Management of the business or farm while protecting the retirement income of the current owner.

For more information on these matters kindly contact our Law Office. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Address: Suite 101, 294 Rink Street at Rubidge StreetGary Ainsworth Law Office
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294 Rink Street, Suite 101,
Peterborough, ON K9J 2K2
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