Buy Sell

Buy-Sell agreements are often recommended to corporations that involve more than one shareholder. This type of agreement is often put in place in the event of a shareholder’s death, retirement, disability or other specific circumstances within individuals.
The buy-sell agreement allows a smooth transfer of the corporate assets, the value of the corporation, terms of sale, and helps to minimize any potential disputes about the purchase and sale.

Here are a few key points to consider in the following triggering events:

Death of a shareholder

  • The deceased beneficiaries may not want to be actively involved in the business.
  • The deceased beneficiaries are entitled to the fair market value of the shares that the deceased held.
  • The surviving shareholders may not want the deceased beneficiaries actively involved in the business.
  • Deceased shareholders taxes and expenses might arise due to the sale of the business.
  • If the deceased was a key person in the business, additional capital may be required to train or hire a replacement.

Disability or critical illness of shareholder

  • Other shareholders might want to purchase the disabled shareholder’s interest as he/she is no longer able to contribute to the business.
  • The disabled shareholder might want to exit the business by accepting the full market value of his/her shares.
  • If the disabled shareholder was a key person in the business, additional capital may be required to train or hire a replacement.

Retirement/disputes of shareholders

  • There should be provisions put in place in the event succession contemplation occurs between the shareholders and/or family members.
  • Approvals from all shareholders must be clearly stated in the terms of transactions.

With a buy-sell agreement set in place, shareholders can rest assured that the corporation, employees and customers will have a smooth continuity of the business.

> Having a buy-sell agreement is fundamental to a corporation. To find out more details about the complexity of a corporate buy-sell agreement, contact a Vance Financial advisor.