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Knoxville, Tennessee 37922

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Buy Sell Agreements

What is a 'Buy and Sell Agreement'

A buy and sell agreement is a legally binding agreement used to reallocate a share of a business if an owner dies or leaves the business. Also known as a "buy-sell agreement," a "buyout agreement," a "business will" or a "business prenup," buy and sell agreements are used by sole proprietorships, partnerships and closed corporations to divide the business share or interest of a proprietor, partner or shareholder.

BREAKING DOWN 'Buy and Sell Agreement'

In a buy and sell agreement, the owner of the business interest being considered for reallocation must be deceased, disabled, retired or must have expressed interest in selling. The buy and sell agreement requires that the business share is sold to the company or the remaining members of the business according to a predetermined formula. Before the interest of a deceased partner can be sold to the company or remaining partners, the deceased's estate must agree to sell. Without a buy and sell agreement in place, a business can face significant tax burden or other financial difficulties if an owner dies, retires, becomes disabled or otherwise leaves the business.

In order to ensure the availability of funds in the event of a partner's death, most parties will purchase life insurance policies on the other partners. In the event of a death, the proceeds from the life insurance policy are used to purchase a portion of the deceased's business interest. It is important to note that when a sole proprietor dies, since there are no business partners, a key employee can be the buyer or successor.

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Capital Choice Financial Group
Scott Marion, RFA
111 Center Park Drive Suite 205
Knoxville, Tennessee 37922
602-999-1867