Overview

HunterMaclean’s corporate and tax attorneys are committed to helping business owners transition knowledge and core values to future generations. Our experienced attorneys work with their clients in structuring succession plans that meet the client’s personal and business goals. Our attorneys educate clients on the significance of business valuations and the use of buy-sell agreements, recapitalizations, family limited partnerships, and life insurance products as tools for making a succession plan a practical reality. Business owners receive a comprehensive plan; our attorneys review all facets of the transition with the client from maintaining control of business lines, income, and gift and estate tax considerations to future cash flow requirements.

HunterMaclean’s attorneys have helped many families and closely held businesses successfully transition control and ownership of their companies to the next generation. Our attorneys are well-versed in exit strategies, business restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, and intra-family sales. Above all, our attorneys recognize that business succession is typically part of a larger estate plan requiring a personal dialogue with the business owner about their specific goals and how to ensure that the next generation are stewards of their legacy.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Preparing a Succession Plan for a Family-owned Business

By J. Benedict Hartman, published in the 2016 issue of The Advisor, a publication by Furman University.

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Business Succession Planning: The Conflict of Corporate and Fiduciary Duties

In Georgia, a new state Supreme Court ruling will significantly affect court cases involving trusts and conflict of fiduciary duty. Rollins v. Rollins, decided in March, illustrates the substantial conflict of interest that can occur when the owners of a family-operated business also control a trust that owns a part of that business. Attorney John Tatum discusses the outcome of the case and what it means for business succession plans.

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Exit Planning Strategies

Attorney Daniel Crook offers step-by-step instructions about effective business succession planning.

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Plan for Strategic Business Succession

HunterMaclean partner Ben Hartman discusses the importance of planning ahead for business succession to ensure a company’s long-term success.

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Presentations

Fit Test Your Business

How fit is your business? This PowerPoint provides overview information on four important aspects of your business’s legal “fitness”: business structure, employment, agreements and contracts, and business succession.

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Succession Planning: What Is Your Exit Strategy?

Presented by Rebecca F. Clarkson at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking in Savannah, Georgia, on October 17, 2015.

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Pure Business Seminar: Buy-Sell Agreement

Presented by Daniel R. Crook at the Savannah Golf Club in Savannah, Georgia, on February 13, 2014.

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News

Attorney Rebecca F. Clarkson Joins HunterMaclean’s Corporate Group

Attorney Rebecca F. Clarkson recently joined HunterMaclean as an associate in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. She has a legal background in financial services, creditor’s rights, and real estate.

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Georgia CEO: HunterMaclean Marks 135 Years in the Practice of Law

The year 2014 marks the 135th anniversary of HunterMaclean. Lucy Adams from Georgia CEO interviewed Managing Partner Frank Macgill regarding HunterMaclean’s history, areas of expertise, milestone anniversary, and future.

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HunterMaclean Honored in 2014 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

HunterMaclean recently earned nine First Tier and four Second Tier rankings in the 2014 edition of  U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

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Frank S. Macgill and Thomas S. Cullen Honored as “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America® 2014

Two HunterMaclean partners have been recognized as Lawyers of the Year in Savannah metropolitan area.

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Attorney Gregory O. DeBacker Joins HunterMaclean’s Corporate and Tax Practice Group

Attorney Gregory O. DeBacker recently joined the Corporate and Tax Practice Group at HunterMaclean.

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Videos & Podcasts

Videos

Video: Pure Business Seminar on Buy-Sell Agreements

The Pure Business Seminar Series brings together a diverse group of professionals to present on high-level topics of import to local business owners. Corporate attorney Daniel Crook presents in this event dedicated to buy-sell agreements.

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Spotlight

Pure Business Seminar: Buy-Sell Agreements

The first Pure Business Advice Seminar of 2014, which took place February 13, explored the intricacies of buy-sell agreements. During this one-hour lunch-and-learn, Daniel Crook of HunterMaclean, Daniel Rowe of TJS Deemer Dana, Brad Whitfield of Coastal Consulting Management Group, and Tony Martin of Martin Financial Services presented valuable information on buy-sell agreements to local business owners.

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