Is now the time? Passing the baton to your children may be a wise move
Abstract: Reflecting the downturn in the general economy and especially the automotive industry, the value of many auto dealerships nationwide unfortunately is quite low of late. For this reason — and because interest rates are low — now may be a good time to transfer your dealership to your children. But there are a number of factors to consider. What are the pros and cons of an installment sale? Should you try to receive less so as to minimize estate taxes? What are the advantages of creating voting and nonvoting stock? Will the factory have concerns about the succession? And how should real estate rights be assigned? This article addresses these concerns.