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Estate Planning

All good things come to an end they say, but you may not be ready for that to happen to your business when you step down. When the time is ripe, it is the turn of the next generation to carry your success forward. And when you are ready to arrange your succession, the team at Vandelanotte Estate Planning are ideally placed to help you with the preparations, implementation and aftercare. We are also available for advice at any time when you have questions about financial planning. All in complete confidence.

Targeted advice throughout your life

Starting up or winding down a business, getting married or divorced, when children come along, all examples of occasions when your private life and the life of your business may become intertwined. It's at times like these that the experts from Vandelanotte can help you take the right decisions and ensure that you take measures in good time to optimalise the financial and fiscal consequences for you and for your business.

Continuity guaranteed as the generations change

Family businesses typically achieve better results than other companies, and one major factor in their success is their ability to develop a long-term strategy based on stable family shareholdings. Ensuring continuity is therefore crucial when handing over to the next generation. This is the objective the experts from Vandelanotte Estate Planning will always have at the front of their minds when going about their work: we will ensure that the handover takes place smoothly and in the best circumstances, so that the steady progress of the business is not interrupted at any point.

Finding the balance

Arranging succession within a family business is not always straightforward. There may be conflict between different interests and values.The crucial element for success is finding a balance between the interests of the family, the successors, and the business. We offer a unique approach to achieving this difficult balancing act. Vandelanotte don't regard the handover of a family business purely as a fiscal and legal problem, we take a global approach, carefully considering all aspects of the matter.

A charter for success

Your Vandelanotte Estate Planning advisor will work with you to draw up a family charter, setting out a code of conduct and a list of the family's values and objectives. This charter will establish the rules of play, and give people something solid to hold onto should any conflict arise during the process of succession. We use the family charter as the basis for the drafting of a practical phased plan. A plan will ensure that the objectives in the charter are achieved in the most tax-efficient and legally sound manner possible.

Answers to all your questions

Vandelanotte can provide clear and reasoned responses to any question that is likely to arise during such a handover:
  • How can I hand on my business and capital in the most tax-efficient way?
  • How can I reconcile the interests of the successors taking over the firm with those children who are not active in the business?
  • How can I avoid dilution of the shareholding?
  • Must all the active family members receive the same remuneration?
  • What is the role in the business of those outside the family?
  • What will my income be, once I have handed over the business?

Integrated approach

Your regular contact within the Vandelanotte Estate Planning team can always call on specialist colleagues within the Vandelanotte organisation for detailed guidance about specific fiscal, legal or organizational aspects of the succession. Wondering about who should do what after your retirement? The Vandelanotte Talent Management Team can vet each of the successors on the basis of their possible new responsibilities, and also arrange any necessary instruction and training.
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