When contemplating the sale of a family business, it is critical to take one's time. By doing so, the family will not be the servant of the sale, the sale will be the servant of the family.

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Close up of Plato (on the left) and Aristotle from Raphael's "School of Athens".

This is the first of a series of blog posts on family businesses. Preparing for the Sale of a Family Business When contemplating the potential sale of a family business, there is often a rush to focus on valuation, transaction details, and deal structure.  While these elements are important, they 

are secondary, or even tertiary. What should come first is thinking through the "why and what" and the consequences of a potential sale.  I have discussed this in the estate planning context here. Starting with the “why” and taking the time to think through all the implications is absolutely critical…