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Frank and Carolyn needed a plan to transition their floral business to their daughter and give equal share of their assets to their two sons.

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After working for twenty years to build their regional floral business, Frank and Carolyn Lewis needed help developing a plan to transition the business to their daughter. At the same time, they wanted to pass an equivalent share of their assets on to each of their two sons who were not involved with the company.

Fifth Third Private Bank worked with them to develop a comprehensive business succession plan and reconfigure their investment portfolio so they could transfer a portion of it to their two sons over time, thereby minimizing unwanted consequences.1 Working with Fifth Third Private Bank, the Lewises are making their business succession plan and their family legacy goals a reality.


Private Bank Business Succession Planning

We can help you create a business succession plan that sets you–and your business–up for success.

You've worked hard to build your business, and may now be thinking about enjoying a new stage in your life. Fifth Third Private Bank can help you plan for transitioning your business to a new owner or family member and create an exit plan so that you can confidently pass on your business and ensure its success.

There are many options for transitioning your business. We'll get creative to find the right one for you.

We can discuss your options, including maintaining control until a specified trigger event occurs, and take you through the pros and cons of each option.

Should you sell your business outright, transfer your interest, or create a family limited partnership? If you are passing the business to some, but not all of your children, we can assist you with strategies to create an equitable estate plan. We can also assist you in addressing other concerns, such as the welfare of your employees.

Business succession planning can help you reap the rewards of your hard work.

Our business succession planning professionals have experience in creating strategies that take into consideration both the financials and the people who will be impacted by a shift in ownership. We can help you with financial solutions that mitigate taxes and preserve your wealth for use today–as well as for your family in years to come.


  1. The circumstances surrounding this case study are representative of actual clients of Fifth Third Bank Investment Advisors. To ensure the privacy of our clients, the names and some of the facts have been changed. Recommendations and their results may vary with each client based on their current financial picture and goals. There are no guarantees that any strategy described will perform as expected. Investment results cannot be predicted or forecasted and will vary depending on market conditions.

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