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Webinar - Planning for the Disposition and Management of the Closely Held Business
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Webinar - Planning for the Disposition and Management of the Closely Held Business

This webinar will discuss planning issues related to the disposition and management of closely held businesses. This program is cosponsored by the Society of FSP and the Accountant-Lawyer Alliance.

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
Where: Online Webinar
United States
Presenter: James S. Aussem, JD, AEP
Contact: Member Services

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Planning for the Disposition and Management of the Closely Held Business

 Cosponsored by Society of FSP and Accountant-Lawyer Alliance

Program Overview

The issues arising from the need to retain key employees/managers in closely held, often family-owned, businesses are analyzed from both the owner’s perspective as well as the key manager/employee’s vantage point. The program puts an emphasis on practical solutions, including equity participation by key employees and phantom/golden handcuff arrangements. The issues related to passing on the family enterprise or selling it are discussed, including how a sale or transfer to the next generation impacts the successful operation of the enterprise and the motivation of the key contributors.



In this session you will learn to:

  • Examine various ways to retain key employees, including phantom equity and golden handcuffs

  • Review the nuts and bolts of assembling a succession plan, including push-pull mechanisms, deterrents to inappropriate puts-calls, one owner setting the price and terms, and the other owner selecting whether they will buy or sell under the terms

  • Evaluate the differences and potential pitfalls of family business succession planning

  • Assess different ways of transferring management that are unrelated to ownership transitions



Featured Speaker:


James S. Aussem, JD, AEP  is a shareholder of the Cleveland law firm of Cavitch Familo & Durkin, Co., LPA, a member of its board of directors, and chair of the Business Practice Group. His practice is focused on succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, as well as estates and trusts. Jim is a past president of the national Society of Financial Service Professionals and has served on the Board of the Foundation for FSP. He is past president of the Cleveland FSP Chapter, and received the Chapter’s Financial Service Professional of the Year award in 2014. Jim has been chosen as one of America's Best Lawyers every year since 2009 and for the past 7 years he has been chosen in two categories, Trust and Estates and Corporate Law. Jim is a frequent speaker, facilitator, and instructor for many professional organizations including the Society of FSP, Cleveland Estate Planning Institute, AICPA Advanced Planning Institute, and Cleveland Marshall College of Law, among others. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace University.


Educational Level



CE Credits

1 CFP® credit, 1 CPE (accounting) credit, and 1 Professional Recertification (formerly PACE) credit have been approved.

$5.00 fee per credit.

You must participate in the live webinar in order to earn CE credits. For those requesting credits, a certificate of completion will be emailed to you about a week after the webinar, upon successful completion of the webinar. For CFP® credit, FSP will report your credit to the CFP Board for you after the webinar.


Registration Fee (includes live webinar, PowerPoint, and access to the archived program)

FSP Members ALA Members Non Members
CFP® Credit: $5 $5 $5
CPE/Accounting Credit: $5 $5 $5
Prof. Recertification Credit/PACE Credit: $5 $5 $5


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Registration Options

  • Register online by selecting the "Register" button above.
  • Call FSP Member Services department at 800-392-6900, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
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Program Material

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Program Archive

This program will be recorded and archived and the link to the recording will be emailed to all registrants about a week after the webinar. 

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The recording will include both the audio portion and PowerPoint slides.


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