I'm in the 6th or 7th inning of an sba-funded deal, and I'd be taking over from an owner/operator. It's been his livelihood for the last 30+ years and recently there have been some delays because of the owner having 2nd thoughts. He's particular about how he wants things run. He wants to be paid while staying on for 6-12 months but I do believe he'd genuinely try his best to pass on knowledge.

The transition/training plan is not something I've had a lot of experience with ... does anyone have advice on how to approach the seller/operator, with a plan, particularly on how to define his role and authority in a respectful way?