Family Home? Start the Succession Planning Conversation

It's that time of year when family comes together. That means that if you haven't started the talk about succession planning, now might be a good time to start. This is never an easy conversation to have, so the Farm Journal Legacy Project has put together some tools to help you along the way. You might start with these conversation openers: If you're not ready for the full conversation, you might set up a time for a family meeting later. Sharing the Legacy Project's suggested agenda with everyone who might be involved is a good way to start thinking about what you'll want to talk about and it will help you create an agenda that works best for you. Here's a summary of the ten steps in the agenda. You can download a pdf of the agenda here. How do you define succession? Who's involved and to what extent? This might be a good place to define the farm operation, describe what you see as an ideal transition. Who are the key people, from family members to personnel? Who will step in? How many generations will be affected? If any key personnel has to step out for any reason in the near or immediate future, what is Plan B? The idea behind this part of the conversation is to see this as a transition, not just a transaction. Getting started with the steps in the process. Work together to buil

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