This appears to be the result of poor planning, or lack of planning, on Dale Sr.’s part. I can’t imagine that he would have wanted his son to be shut out of DEI. Had Dale Sr. properly addressed succession planning for his business, he could have passed control of DEI to Dale Jr. while still providing plenty of resources for Teresa’s support.
Similar results occur everyday in family businesses. Succession planning does not have to be particularly complex or expensive, but it can save family relationships, thousands of dollars in legal fees, and even the business itself.