Estate Planning Essentials for Small Business Owners

by | Oct 2, 2023

Hello, I’m Connie Aschenbrenner, an estate planning attorney based in the stunning state of Alaska. Today, I want to shed some light on a topic that’s often overlooked by small business owners – estate planning. While building and growing your business is undoubtedly a priority, it’s equally important to ensure your hard-earned assets are protected and your legacy secured. Let’s dive into the essentials of estate planning for small business owners.


  1. Protecting Your Business: One of the first steps in estate planning is safeguarding your business. This includes creating a clear succession plan. Designate a trusted successor or outline a plan for selling the business if something unexpected were to happen. This not only protects your family’s financial future but also ensures the continuity of your enterprise.


  1. Managing Assets: As a small business owner, your personal and business finances may be closely intertwined. Estate planning helps you manage your assets effectively. By establishing trusts and wills, you can dictate how your assets are distributed, minimizing potential conflicts and ensuring your loved ones are cared for.


  1. Reducing Tax Liability: Taxes can take a significant bite out of your estate if not managed properly. Through strategic planning, you can minimize the tax burden on your estate, leaving more for your beneficiaries. Options like gifting and establishing trusts can be invaluable tools in this endeavor.


  1. Providing for Loved Ones: Estate planning is about more than just financial assets. It’s also an opportunity to express your wishes regarding your family’s well-being. You can name guardians for minor children and set up trusts to provide for their education and other needs.


  1. Business Continuity: If your business is a significant source of income for your family, estate planning can ensure its continued success. Establish a plan that outlines how your business should be managed in your absence, protecting both the business and your family’s livelihood.


Now that you understand the importance of estate planning for small business owners, I invite you to take the next step. Join our upcoming workshop at to delve deeper into these topics. In our workshop, we’ll provide practical guidance tailored to your unique situation, answer your questions, and help you kickstart your estate planning journey. Your family’s financial security and your business’s future depend on it. Don’t wait – secure your legacy today.


If you have any questions or need personalized assistance, feel free to reach out to me at I’m here to help you navigate the intricate world of estate planning and ensure peace of mind for you and your loved ones.


Remember, it’s never too early to start planning for the future. I look forward to seeing you at our workshop and guiding you towards a more secure tomorrow.


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