Management continuity focuses on what happens in your absence. Who will take over the day-to-day management of your business? Never assume that someone is willing and able to do so, even if that person is an adult child or even a trusted senior employee. Even if they are, does he/she have the legal authority and practical capacity to step into your shoes? If not, the business could falter rapidly. Both customers and suppliers can become reluctant to do business with an operation when they are unsure who is running the show. You need a designated successor who is ready and able to step up and take over as smoothly as possible should the need arise.