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Business Succession Planning

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Business Succession Attorney

Without a proper business succession plan, a family business can cause unnecessary stress during estate administration. Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts attorney Michael T. Lahti is a Certified Elder Law Attorney who has more than 15 years of legal experience. Our estate planning law office has extensive knowledge of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida probate laws. In addition, we have vast experience assisting clients with estate planning and business succession planning to reduce the animosity or uncertainty that may arise after a family business owner or business partner passes away. Contact our Providence, Rhode Island law office for experienced assistance from a local business succession lawyer.

Our Rhode Island and Massachusetts Business Succession Services:

  • Creating family limited partnerships or a limited liability company (LLC)
  • Negotiating and drafting business succession agreements
  • Buy-sell business planning agreements
  • Other business succession plans

Why is a Business Succession Plan Important?

Avoid Estate Tax Problems: When an individual passes on, all of his or her assets must proceed through estate administration. Extensive assets from a prospering family business may cause an individual's estate to be subject to expensive estate taxes. However, often times, the majority of these assets are actually tied up in the business and cannot be used to pay the estate taxes without selling the business. At Lahti, Lahti & O'Neill, LLC, we help clients proactively create a business succession plan so that the family is not forced to sell the business later.

Avoid Business Partner Disputes: Business succession planning can also be effective to avoid tension with how to move forward with a business once a business partner passes away. Although tension is often unforeseeable, it is very common for other business partners to disagree with how a business should continue or cease to continue after a partner dies or becomes incapacitated. By proactively creating an inclusive business succession agreement determining price, business interest percentages, and buyers, there is less opportunity for uncertainty, dispute, and expensive court costs in the future.

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Business Planning Lawyers

For effective business succession planning assistance from a local experienced attorney, contact our Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts business succession planning law firm.


With three office locations in Providence, New Bedford and Cape Cod, the attorneys of Lahti, Lahti & O'Neill, P.C. assist clients throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Areas we serve in Rhode Island include Barrington, Block Island, Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Exeter, Foster, Gloster, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Lincoln, Little Compton, Middletown, Narragansett, Newport, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Portsmouth. Providence, Richmond, Scituate, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, Westerly, West Greenwich, West Warwick and Woonsocket.

We also routinely work with clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts including Acushnet Center, Attleboro, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Bourne, Brewster, Centerville, Chatham, Cotuit, Dartmouth, Dennis, Dighton, Eastham, East Falmouth, Edgartown, Fairhaven, Fall River, Falmouth, Freetown, Harwich, Hyannis, Lakeville, Mansfield, Marstons Mills, Mattapoisett, Marion, Mashpee, North Attleboro, North Dartmouth, Norton, Orleans, Osterville, Plainville, Provincetown, Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester, Sandwich, Seekonk, Somerset, South Attleboro, South Dartmouth, Swansea, Taunton, Tisbury, Truro, Vineyard Haven, Wareham, Wellfleet, West Barnstable, West Yarmouth, Westport, Yarmouth, Bristol County, Barnstable County, Plymouth County and Kent County.



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