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Basically speaking, a Buy/Sell Agreement is a written agreement between business owners detailing how the ownership of the business will be transferred should specific events occur. Typically these trigger events involve the untimely death or invalidity of a business partner.
The agreement will detail how the business ownership will be transferred should one of the business partners be unable to fulfil their role. Often this involves the continuing business partner/s acquiring the business for a nominal sum and the departing partner (or their family) being financially compensated through an insurance policy. The agreement will also detail the valuation rationale to be used to determine the amount of consideration to be paid to the departing partner.
There are many potential consequences, some of which could prove to be devastating to a business.
The best place to start is with your financial planner who will help you work through the process with the involvement of your accountant and solicitor where required.
Please contact Altitude Advisory for more information.
Gloria Rowett, Marion Holiday Park
Phillip Cross, Royce Cross Agencies