Two businessmen hand passing a golden relay baton.Succession planning is a vital aspect of a law firm’s life. When well done, succession planning enables older lawyers to transition their relations and management responsibilities to younger lawyers, thus maintaining client relationships and creating stability to the firm.

In its simplest sense, succession planning for a law firm is defined as a planned effort to ensure effective performance of a law firm by making a provision for the development and replacement of key partners over time. See Partner’s Report, Succession Planning at 1.