Advising Family Business: Succession Planning

1 credit
Related Program: 


1 Hour


Course Type:

1.0 PDUs

Course Description

Succession planning must not be delayed until the current leadership is nearing retirement. Unexpected events do occur and threaten the viability of the business in the absence of a plan. This course discusses how planning should begin while the potential successors are children; they should be taught about family values, work ethic, money, work-life balance, and other important issues. These early conversations set the stage for potential successors to develop into capable leaders. Despite its importance, succession planning involves difficult (emotionally and financially) conversations and can often be delayed as a result. A good advisory team will prompt the planning process early and often.

Approved for 7 Practical Skills by the Oregon Bar Association, ID #97849


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Realize the serious threat that succession can pose
  • Start and continue the long process of planning
  • Establish a team of advisors to aid in planning

Course Features

  • Mobile-friendly
  • Audio-enabled
  • Badge and credit-awarding
  • Fully accessible
  • Expert-supported
  • Video content

Course Structure

This course includes an “Ask the Expert” feature. You can use this feature to submit questions about the course content. A subject matter expert will provide guidance or point you to additional resources for the topics you’re studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive CEUs.

About the Center for Family Enterprise

Oregon State University’s Center for Family Enterprise aspires to be the go-to resource for all family businesses in Oregon and the region. Leveraging the university’s strengths in outreach, education, and research gives us the unique ability to provide families and their advisors with the expertise and networks to flourish and thrive through multiple generations. We strive to know the true needs, economic impact, and footprint of family-owned businesses in Oregon and beyond so that we can be a force for advocacy and economic and societal good.