Uncertainty can follow grief when small business owner dies

In this Wednesday, June 5, 2019, photo, Chris Carr, left, president of McLaughlin Construction Management, poses for a photo with his wife Kristy Carr in their office in Sea Isle City, N.J. When Kristy's father Jim McLaughlin died suddenly from a heart attack at age 64, his family assumed they would have to close his homebuilding business. But as McLaughlin’s son-in-law, Chris, started to wind down the Sea Isle City, New Jersey, company five years ago, he realized it was worth keeping open and that he, an accountant, should try to run it.

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