In this eye-opening video, Nate Riordan, the founder of West Coast Franchise Law, teams up with seasoned succession planners Jeff Bannon and Greg Sisa from The Rawls Group to shed light on a crucial aspect of franchise ownership: trusts and succession planning. Dive deep into the world of estate planning for franchisees and discover invaluable insights on how trusts can align with franchisor requirements, ensuring the enduring success of your franchise business.

Trusts – A Cornerstone in Estate Planning:

Explore the pivotal role trusts play in the realm of estate planning for franchisees. Gain a profound understanding of how trusts have stayed ahead of evolving franchise laws and recent shifts in franchisor requirements, giving franchisees the edge they need.

Advisor Expertise – Navigating the Nuances:

Understand the paramount importance of advisors and trust/estate attorneys who grasp the intricate details of franchise agreements. Uncover why a seamless collaboration between franchise business attorneys and trust attorneys is essential for smooth business transitions and long-term success.

Overcoming Hurdles:

Delve into specific challenges franchisees face, from trust approval complexities to beneficiary requirements. Explore innovative solutions to mitigate potential issues and ensure a hassle-free transition.

Emotional Aspects of Trusts – The Human Element:

Gain profound insights into the emotional journey experienced by business owners when transitioning control through trusts. Understand the significance of mental preparation for this transition and the challenges owners might face when relinquishing control, addressing the human aspect of this crucial process.

Educational Support – Bridging Knowledge Gaps:

Explore the disparities in understanding trusts within legal circles. Discover how education and collaboration between trust attorneys and franchise advisors can streamline the process, reducing legal complexities and ensuring a secure future for your franchise business.

For more insight:

Visit the “Multi-Unit & Multi-Brand Franchise Ownership Strategies” discussion page or select one of the additional episodes of the series below:


  • West Coast Franchise Law: Serving multi-unit, quick-serve restaurant franchisees nationwide and their franchise, leasing, and business law needs. For more information on West Coast Franchise Law services, contact Nate Riordan.
  • Succession Readiness Survey:  A 7-minute investment in time will put you in an informed position of opportunities many business owners overlook, impacting business value, growth, and lifestyle and ultimately achieving your vision.
  • Contact a Succession Planner: The Rawls Group can help you with insights and other resources and see if it makes sense to work together. At the very least, in 30 minutes, you may get some ideas to apply to your business immediately.

Personal Financial Planning

Estate planning is a complex endeavor, especially for owners of capital-intensive complex business’. Throw active and inactive family into the mix and trying to figure out what is fair, how to provide opportunities for the next generation without enabling them, and maintain family harmony.

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In complex family and business environments, it is imperative to lean on expert legal and tax advice who specialize in the same size business and estate as you.  We are not attorneys or CPAs but know experienced advisers if you are looking for sophisticated advisory services.

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We can help you with insights, other resources, and see if it makes sense to work together. At the very least, in 30 minutes, you may get some ideas you can apply to your business right away.