Personal financial planning is a critical component of business succession planning. The general subject of personal financial planning is broken down into four components: wealth development and financial independence, estate planning, credit continuity and exit strategy. Within the topic of wealth development and financial independence is sufficient personal income to facilitate independence from the continued success of the business. The presumption is that if you are dependent upon the business you will logically never release management control. Consequently, you will never be able to genuinely determine if successor management is prepared to assume the responsibility of ongoing leadership and management.