No matter whether your business has been around for a few years or a few decades, being prepared for this phase can be critical.

Ultimately realizing the full value of the business requires a plan. Part of that plan may involve the establishment of a buy-sell agreement. A buy-sell agreement is a legally binding agreement that requires one party to sell and another party to buy a particular ownership interest in a business in the event of the death, disability or retirement of a partner or stockholder or upon certain other triggering events as specified in the contract. These agreements may be used by any type of business entity – sole-proprietor, corporation, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), etc.

Businesses can transition expectedly or unexpectedly. That’s why it’s important to plot a course toward protecting your business and minimizing the impact a change in ownership could have on those who depend on the business most.

Proper planning requires a comprehensive analysis, which would include addressing a number of concerns.

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