Buy-Sell Agreements Funded with Life Insurance

ISR Introduction: A Buy-Sell / Business Continuation Sell agreement should be considered in every closely held business. This agreement defines the disposition of an owner’s interest in the business upon the specific triggering event such as a partner’s death, disability, retirement or other termination.  This is especially important when the owners want the business to stay with the remaining owners or family members and want a way to protect the business. A well documented, and properly funded, agreement can protect the interests of all the owners and help maintain continuity of the business after the triggering event. The agreement can take different forms, including

  1. Entity purchase or stock redemption.
  2. Cross purchase.
  3. Wait and see.

Many Buy-Sell Agreements are funded with Life Insurance. View the slide presentation and contact me to request a complimentary consultation.

Disclaimer: I do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. I recommend qualified attorneys, accounting and funding professionals to assist in the formation, valuation and funding of your buy-sell / business continuation arrangement. 

Buy-Sell / Business Continuation Plans Part 2 of 5

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Benefits of Buy-Sell / Business Continuation Planning

Part 2 of 5
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  1. Guarantee a Buyer – A Buy-Sell agreement benefits the selling partner’s family by providing a guaranteed buyer.  And, the remaining partners are protected against the sale of a partner’s interest to an outsider.
  2. Create Liquidity – Upon a triggering event (death, disability, retirement, etc.) the business partner’s family has a need for cash to pay tax liability and other expenses.  A quick sale of the partner’s business interest can often result in the family receiving less than fair market value. A well documented, and adequately funded, buy-sell arrangement provides the liquidity the partner’s family will need.
  3. Fair Selling Price – The Buy-Sell Continuation Agreement will state how the business is valued now and in the future. This helps determine the amount of funding required to fulfill the agreement.   This also reduces the risk of costly valuation disputes among partners and families.
  4. Harmony – “Meet your new partner, the spouse.” Business partnerships are often formed between friends.  Maintaining harmony can become a challenge difficult after your partner’s family takes his or her spot in the business.  A Buy-Sell / Business Continuation Arrangement protects the owners and the business from challenges that arise when your deceased partner’s family joins the business.

In this video, an Orlando based attorney discusses the importance of planning for the departure of a business partner:

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Buy-Sell / Business Continuation Plans Part 1 of 5

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The Basics of Buy-Sell / Business Continuation Planning

Part 1 of 5

A Buy-Sell / Business Continuation Sell agreement should be considered in every closely held business.

This agreement, or arrangement, defines the disposition of an owner’s interest in the business, yours or a partner’s, upon the specific triggering event such as a partner’s death, disability, retirement or other termination.  This is especially important when the owners want the business to stay with the remaining owners or family members and want a way to protect the business.

A well documented, and properly funded, agreement can protect the interests of all the owners and help maintain continuity of the business after the triggering event.

The agreement can take different forms, including
(1)   Entity purchase or stock redemption.
(2)   Cross purchase
(3)   Wait and see.

These three videos help introduce the importance of a Buy-Sell arrangement:


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NEXT:  The Benefits of a Buy-Sell / Business Continuation Agreement

Disclaimer: I do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. I recommend qualified attorneys, accounting and funding professionals to assist in the formation, valuation and funding of your buy-sell / business continuation arrangement.