There is considerable planning that goes into running a business. This is especially true if there is more than one partner involved in the business. It is important to have a clear understanding and agreement if something should happen to one of the owners. According to David N. Barkhausen, “Buy-sell agreements among co-owners or present and future owners of a closely-held business are intended to assure the smooth future transition of its ownership. They provide the mechanism, and, if properly funded, the means, to effect a change in control and a transfer of interests upon the occurrence of a number of events, beginning with death, disability and retirement.”
Here are some of the benefits of a buy-sell agreement:
Provides recovery for partners and heirs
Provides for transfer of ownership and wealth
Creates fair and market value exchange of ownership
What can be a trigger for a buy-sell agreement?
Death, disability, retirement, divorce, loss of license, termination, and voluntary transfer of ownership.
How is a buy-sell agreement funded?
Any buy-sell agreement requires a decision regarding the type of insurance policy to purchase. The initial choice is between term and whole life insurance. The ability to maintain life insurance throughout a shareholder’s life is important. Of course there are other methods of funding including; cash, borrowing, and stock, but the most common is insurance.
We recommend you consult with an attorney and tax professional as part of your planning process.
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