The Importance of Succession Planning for Law Firms
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Succession Planning for Law Firms
Comment by: Gary Will
– Oakville Personal Injury Lawyer and Certified Specialist in Civil Law
Succession Planning for Law Firms – The importance of succession planning hit home for the partners at Will Davidson LLP after four retirements and a death within eight years, Toronto personal injury lawyer Gary Will tells us.
Will, managing partner of the firm, says there was nothing in place to deal with the loss of five partners in such a short period of time between 1988 and 1996.
That meant the remaining partners had to finance buyouts for those who left, which forced some younger lawyers to take out loans to pay out the partners.
Making things even more difficult, he adds, it was the managing partner who died and he was a substantial biller.
“It did put some strain on the firm,” says Will. “We learned a lot from that experience.”
The firm — now made up of 19 lawyers, five of them partners — has since started using life insurance policies “to finance the exit of partners by borrowing on the cash value of the policy,” Will tells us.
Will says it’s important to buy the policy early on in a lawyer’s career to ensure lower monthly payments and to build up enough equity to buy out departing colleagues.
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Mr. Will is a certified specialist in civil law and focuses his practice on personal injury law. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured anywhere in Ontario contact Gary Will for a free, no obligation consultation.
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