That is certainly a difficult question because you probably have an emotional attachment to these people and would like to sell it, but you, first of all, have to establish whether or not they are capable of running the business. The second most important aspect, if you care about the business and the people, is making sure that the staff that is there will continue in your absence. Frequently when you sell to an employee or to an heir you find out that you can’t, perhaps, charge the full amount for the business that you think it would bring from others. There are ways to do it with employees through ESOPs and through redemption agreements that can ease the pain of the cost of taking over the business.
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