Business Law

Succession Planning & Exit Strategies

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins Law Firm
Our business lawyers offer deep business experience and extensive knowledge of business operations to skillfully manage legal matters across the lifecycle of a business, from formation to exit strategies.

Many of our corporate attorneys have served as general counsel at privately-held, equity-backed and public corporations. We leverage this experience to effectively counsel both established and emerging businesses as they grow.

The Importance of Advanced Planning

Succession planning and exit strategies are too often an overlooked aspect of running a successful business. This is particularly important for privately held businesses and family owned businesses.

At Wilchins Cosentino & Novins, our business attorneys actively participate in the discussions and planning to establish and maintain a succession plan and exit strategy well in advance of implementation. This includes early planning and preparing the business to best legally position the business for a future sale to a third party or a planned succession and transfer of the business to family members or others. Such planning whether early or late stage planning may include overall legal diligence regarding the business and its operations and review of the governance, management, and control of the business; thereafter developing and implementing plans and taking actions as needed to best position the business for an exit event or to implement a succession plan.

A Collaborative Approach for a Comprehensive Plan

Another key aspect of succession planning and exit planning is the business owner’s trust and estate planning. Our business attorneys work seamlessly with our trust and estate attorneys in business succession and exit planning both from the business and estate planning perspectives.


Exceptional Service.
Exceptional Value.

Taking a highly personalized concierge approach, our business attorneys guide our clients with sound, pragmatic legal solutions. We work closely with founders, directors and managers of private and family-held businesses on both strategic and day-to-day business matters all at a value other firms cannot match.

Meet Our Business Law Attorneys at Wilchins Cosentino & Novins

MA Attorney David Burgess

David Burgess

Of Counsel

MA Attorney Scott A. Joseph

Scott A. Joseph


MA Attorney Robert W. Meshel

Robert W. Meshel

Of Counsel

MA Attorney Susan Donaldson Novins

Susan Donaldson Novins


MA Attorney Stephen N. Wilchins

Stephen N. Wilchins


Representative Work

Provided high caliber legal counsel to help a business owner sell land, relocate the business, and thrive.

Represented clients in the purchases and sales of businesses and divisions in various industries.

Represented clients in various joint ventures and limited liability company transactions.

Represented clients in corporate management and governance disputes.

Represented clients in connection with day-to-day business strategy, business operations, and various contracts and governance issues.

Represented clients in succession planning and sales of business to senior management.

Represented clients from entity selection and organization to operations and to exit.

Why WCN for Business Law

Why Law Firm

Right-sized. We are large enough to have the depth of expertise and knowledge, while small enough to be available, accessible and personal.

High Caliber Legal Services. Our attorneys are experienced as in-house counsel, skilled and proven to provide pragmatic advice coupled with strong business acumen, practicality and instincts.
Breadth of Practice Areas. We designed our law firm and our practice areas to offer a breadth of legal expertise to best serve our clients.
Concierge Approach. Our clients are assured of our accessibility, personal attention and skilled guidance as we seamlessly and adeptly address their legal needs.
Exceptional Value. We deliver exceptional value by being efficient; offering value that Boston-based firms cannot match.
Longevity. At WCN, we work with our business clients from formation through exit planning providing sound and consistent guidance throughout the stages of your business.

Our experienced business lawyers advise on a full range of business matters, including:

We counsel our clients through challenging corporate governance issues such as management and shareholder disputes and corporate break-ups and generational transfers, and other changes of control to ensure compliance with the rights of shareholders and creditors.

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