Succession Planning

Buying Out Retiring Partners

Surveys tell us a huge percent of accounting firms are facing the prospects of partners retiring in the near future. In most cases, this is going to lead to the need for the firm to buy the equity of the retiring partner, usually in the form of paying out capital and retirement or deferred compensation…

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Recruiting Strategies for a Tight Labor Market

Most accounting firm partners have unrealistic expectations about hiring qualified CPAs. It’s not as simple as posting a job and getting applicants. The process takes much longer and costs more than most realize. If you want to recruit successfully, it’s important to put in the work and set realistic expectations. Although there are more college…

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5 Reasons to Leverage & Delegate Client Contact

The word “succession” is used daily in our industry.  Whether discussing it strategically at an executive level and what it means for partners, reading it in an industry publication, or talking to rising leaders – the issues and conversations around succession are front and center in many firms.  And we need to have serious dialogue…

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Building Your Bench for Succession – A Few Ideas to Help You

Thousands of firms are working through the succession and retirement of senior partners and deciding along the way whether or not they can pull it off internally and stay independent. The single most important factor for success is what we see when we look over our shoulder – is the bench of people there to…

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Building Your Bench For Succession

Thousands of firms are working through the succession and retirement of senior partners and deciding along the way whether or not they can pull it off internally and stay independent. The single most important factor for success is what we see when we look over our shoulder – is the bench of people there to…

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Can You Afford to Buy-out the Retiring Partners of Your Firm?

Many firms are struggling with the prospects of paying retirement buyout payments for their senior partners who will be retiring in the next few years. In some cases, several partners will be receiving retirement buyouts simultaneously. The financial burden can seem daunting. As we have emphasized in earlier blogs, make sure you first have the…

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When Should You Commence the Execution of Your Succession Plan

A key factor in successful transition of clients, as a partner moves toward retirement, is how dependent the client has become on the individual, rather than dependent upon the firm.  In most firms, retirement benefits for partners are dependent upon the number of clients that remain with the firm. So, it is important that you…

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Reluctant Leadership?

Partners often tell me that one of their number one succession concerns is who will ascend to partner.  The perception is that “there is no one interested in becoming a partner these days.”  Yet, when I talk to managers and senior managers (and even staff!), they are interested, but they don’t really know what means…

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