Also known as a “business will” or even a “business pre-nup”, a buy/sell agreement defines what is and is not allowed to transpire should a business partner, through either voluntary or involuntary circumstances, give up their share of the company. Does a partner’s interest pass onto their spouse or heirs upon their death? In the event of a divorce, does a business owner’s former spouse have a claim on their share? To whom can a partner sell their ownership? These are some of the questions that a buy/sell agreement answers.
Eventualities covered under the umbrella of a buy/sell agreement can be tailored specifically to meet a business’s needs. Many agreements cover circumstances including death, disability, retirement, divorce, and voluntary or involuntary transfers including sales or bankruptcy. It addresses situations in which an owner might sell their interest by discussing how they can sell, when they can sell, who they can sell it to and how much can they sell it for? This protects the business against being sold to an unwanted entity.
Partners can also place in the agreement a clause in which a co-owner must offer to sell their interest back to their partner or partners before offering it to an outside party. The benefits of a buy/sell agreement are self-explanatory; ventures can fail, personal tragedies can occur, and partnerships can dissolve.
Buy/sell agreements should be an early staple of any new company that will be sharing ownership. It is strongly recommended to have an attorney draft the agreement close to the inception of a business. The Orlando Law group specializes in the creation and implementation of these vital agreements, and our team of dedicated experts will walk you through every step of the process to ensure that your business is protected.
For more information, call The Orlando Law Group at 407.512.4394. Be prepared. Think ahead. Defend your business against future threats before they materialize.