You know all about the ups and downs of running a business.
So much to think about. Marketing, staffing, generating business, networking, payroll, advertising, social media, lead generation… the list seems endless. Then there’s the multitude of insurances we need to cover public liability, professional indemnity, buildings insurance, critical illness, cyber threat, or key person cover— necessary expenses and a relief to have in place if needed.
One critical need you may have overlooked as a director or sole trader is the impact on your life’s work if you were unable to run your business because of long-term illness or a serious accident. Yes, you could speak to the talented insurance magicians at HDL Commercial (where there are definitely no meerkats in smoking jackets!) as we do, but I’m not talking about insurance to cover a loss of income or a disaster recovery situation. If you’re out of action for longer than your normal annual leave, who would pay your business’ invoices or raise yours? Would your staff get paid; would you?
An accident or illness could knock your business back years in a heartbeat. Your canny accountant and your savvy financial adviser will already have impressed on you the need for a Will for a tax-efficient way to deal with your business or business shares, but that’s when you’re gone.
Shouldn’t you be planning long-term for a gradual succession – where you leave someone you trust to deal with the day-to-day, without relinquishing control if you’re fit and capable?
A Business Lasting Power of Attorney is essential if you’re a pragmatic realist, a planner, a forward thinker. We hope you never need to use it, just like your PI insurance and your critical illness cover. You can read more about the benefits in our simple guide. Preparation is everything; you know the 5 Ps*!
All entrepreneurs know about and understand risk; some of us are risk-takers, others more risk-averse. Whichever you are, make your decisions based on facts, knowledge and understanding. Check your Articles of Association.
If a company has adopted the model articles without altering them, the Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013 amends these by saying a director may not be removed by a court if he has mental health concerns, which may include incapacity… if an LLP member or a director who is ‘person with significant control’ lacks capacity, Companies House should be informed, which may have consequences.” [emphasis added]
Craig Ward, Lasting Powers of Attorney (Published by The Law Society, 2019)
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[This blog comes from the heart, from experience and personal insight. If you want to know more, this is a blog I wrote back in 2011-2012 about a serious accident that had a devasting impact: Road to Recovery]
*Poor planning provides poor performance