The U.S. Small Business Administration created the SBA Franchise Directory to try and streamline the process for entrepreneurs looking to access capital.
According to SBA Associate Administrator Willam Manger, “It’s a one stop shop to check the growing list of eligible brands for SBA financing. Since its establishment, the Directory and new procedures have received extremely positive feedback from the stakeholders participating in the process."
A business owner’s estate plan, no matter how complex, can be implemented any time before death, so long as the testator is still legally competent ("sound minded", including that they understand the nature of making a will, the extent of his/her property, and know who would be considered the natural object of his/her bounty, etc.). Regardless, it's still a good idea to begin planning in advance, since time of need planning may not be possible.
If you are an owner of a business or a professional practice, it is even more important that your estate planning begin soon. Since it's quite likely that a significant portion of your wealth, and your family's source of income after your death, is tied up in the business. In that situation, the success of your estate plan is likely dependent on the business being transitioned to the next generation or sold to a 3rd party for a reasonable price. Both of those results may take years of planning and preparation to be successful.