PORTLAND, Ore. (April 29, 2020) – During this COVID-19 pandemic, Succession Resource Group (SRG) is committed to bringing awareness to the topic of planning for the unexpected, offering a free contingency plan template to financial advisors during the month of May 2020, to help ensure advisors put a plan in place in the event of their death or disability (permanent or temporary).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those age 65 and older are the high-risk demographic for severe illness from COVID-19, and given that the average financial advisor is 55 years old, there is a significant amount of advisors in the high-risk demographic, or precariously close to it. Based upon a recent poll conducted by SRG, it found that 62.5% of advisors lack a contingency plan. Given the data, David Grau Jr., President of SRG, urges all advisors, but specifically those age 50 and above to start their planning early to prevent any unnecessary loss to their business due to any unforeseen tragedy.
“We are looking to give back to the community by offering our contingency plan template to advisors for free, we just want to remove one more barrier for advisors – we know advisors are busy and this is the last thing they want to think about right now,” Grau said. “Hopefully by doing so, we can help increase the awareness and kickstart the process for advisors, especially in times of need like this.”
In addition, Grau recommended advisors using this free contract to keep an updated annual business valuation to truly make the contingency plan turnkey.
”Contingency planning, unlike long-term succession planning, focuses on unexpected transitions, and requires advisors to actively monitor and update their plan and value.” Grau adds. “With some broker-dealers now offering buy-back programs for desperate advisors, providing a fraction of the value and no definitive answer on who would serve their clients, we felt compelled to provide an alternative.”
For an example of effective contingency planning in action, Succession Resource Group recently shared the story of a deceased Hawaii advisor in this press release, Succession Resource Group Announces Sale of Hawaii Advisory Practice.
Succession Resource Group, Inc. (SRG) is an award-winning succession consulting firm with decades of combined industry experience. SRG possesses a unique combination of skills, resources, and expertise to provide turnkey solutions helping advisors understand the value of their business, develop strategies to improve that value, protect the value with proper agreements and plans, grow through M&A, and create/execute their exit strategy.
For more information, visit www.successionresource.com.