Is it possible to transition a small law firm to the next generation?

May 31

The topic of transition planning is not the most comfortable of topics to talk about around law firms. However, planning for attorney retirement is critical to a law firm's future success.  This is especially true since a significant number of equity partners are set to retire in law firms everywhere over the next decade. 


So why is transition planning SO challenging for law firms?

The list of challenges to transition planning is long. This eBook highlights 12 of the most significant ones we have found in working with law firms including: 

1. Senior partners who need money

2. Lack of any post-retirement plan

3. Clients do not like change

4. Lack of developed attorneys to assume client work

5. Differing priorities and timelines of the remaining partners

6. Lack of firm profitability

7. Retirements can cripple or even end a firm

8. Inadequate time to transition

9. Greed and selfishness

10. Spent a lifetime building it, and it pays top dollar now. Why give it up?

11. Lack of policies and processes to address transition issues

12. Lack of appreciation for going concern value

One or more of these factors can affect the success or failure of a transition plan. In fact, a firm’s very survival may depend on how well it overcomes the challenges of transitioning the firm.


This eBook Can Help

The only way to survive these challenges is to prepare for them and begin to address them now. Addressing the relevant factors early in the process gives firms more options.


This eBook not only outlines the 12 greatest challenges in detail, it also outlines ways to manage and overcome each of the challenges. In highlighting these significant challenges, the book calls out the importance to start the transition planning process NOW at your firm.


Avoiding retirement discussions will only lead to an increasingly anxious workforce and create an opening for competitors.



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Watch Transition Planning Videos including A Discussion With Law Firm Blue Williams