Buy Sell Agreements

Our expert team is committed to structuring agreements that protect your interests, ensure seamless transitions, and secure the long-term success of your business. Whether you are a new venture or a well-established company, our tailored services provide the clarity and stability you need.

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Understanding Buy/Sell Agreements

A buy/sell agreement is a crucial legal document that outlines the process for reallocating an owner’s share of a business if they pass away or leave the business for any reason. This agreement is essential for business continuity, preventing disputes among owners, and ensuring the business operates smoothly under any circumstance.

The Importance of a Buy/Sell Agreement

Ensuring Business Continuity

A well-crafted buy/sell agreement ensures that your business can continue without interruption if an owner exits. It provides clear guidelines on ownership transfer, minimizing disruption and maintaining stability within the company.

Preventing Conflicts

By defining the terms of ownership transfer, buy/sell agreements help prevent conflicts among remaining owners, heirs, and departing owners. This clarity is vital for maintaining harmonious business operations and relationships.

Protecting Your Investment

A buy/sell agreement protects your investment by establishing a fair market value for ownership interests and specifying sale terms. This ensures equitable compensation for all parties and maintains the financial stability of the business.

Key Elements of a Buy/Sell Agreement

Triggering Events

Triggering events are circumstances that activate the buy/sell process. Common triggering events include the death, disability, retirement, bankruptcy, or voluntary departure of an owner. Clearly defining these events ensures that all parties understand when the agreement will take effect.

Valuation Methods

Determining the value of a business interest is crucial for a fair transaction. Common valuation methods include:

Appraisal: Hiring an independent appraiser to assess the business’s value.

Formula-Based Valuation: Using a predetermined formula, such as a multiple of earnings or revenue.

Agreed Value: Owners periodically agree on the business’s value and document it in the agreement.

Funding Mechanisms

Funding the purchase of a departing owner’s interest is a critical consideration. Common funding methods include:

Life Insurance: Policies on each owner provide funds to buy out shares upon death.

Disability Insurance: Covers the purchase in the event of an owner’s disability.

Savings Plans: Setting aside funds over time to cover future buyouts.

Terms of Sale

The agreement should specify the terms of the sale, including payment structure, timing, and any interest rates on deferred payments. Clear terms help ensure a smooth transaction and protect the financial interests of all parties.

Types of Buy/Sell Agreements

Cross-Purchase Agreements

In a cross-purchase agreement, remaining owners agree to purchase the departing owner’s share. This type is straightforward and works well for businesses with a small number of owners.

Redemption Agreements

In a redemption agreement, the business entity itself agrees to buy back the departing owner’s share. This approach can simplify the process for remaining owners, as the business handles the purchase.

Hybrid Agreements

A hybrid agreement combines elements of both cross-purchase and redemption agreements. It provides flexibility by allowing either the remaining owners or the business to purchase the departing owner’s share, depending on the circumstances.

Our Buy / Sell Services

At Jennings & Hawley CPA, we offer comprehensive services to help you structure effective buy/sell agreements:

Consultation and Planning

We start with a thorough consultation to understand your business, goals, and specific needs. Our team will help you identify the best type of buy/sell agreement for your situation and plan the structure accordingly.

Valuation Services

Accurate business valuation is critical for a fair buy/sell agreement. We provide expert valuation services, using industry-standard methods to determine the true value of your business interests.

Legal Coordination

While we are not a law firm, we work closely with your legal advisors to ensure that your buy/sell agreement complies with all relevant laws and regulations. Our collaborative approach ensures that your agreement is both legally sound and tailored to your business needs.

Funding Strategies

Our team will help you explore and implement the most effective funding strategies for your buy/sell agreement. From life and disability insurance to savings plans, we ensure that your agreement is financially feasible and sustainable.

Ongoing Review and Updates

Businesses evolve, and so should your buy/sell agreement. We offer ongoing review and update services to ensure that your agreement remains relevant and effective as your business grows and changes.

Why Partner with Jennings & Hawley CPA?

Expertise and Experience

With years of experience in business advisory and financial planning, our team has the expertise to guide you through the complexities of buy/sell agreements. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities that businesses face and are dedicated to providing solutions that work.

Personalized Service

We pride ourselves on offering personalized service tailored to your specific needs. Our team takes the time to understand your business and goals, providing customized advice and solutions that align with your vision.

Comprehensive Support

From initial planning and valuation to ongoing updates, we provide comprehensive support throughout the lifecycle of your buy/sell agreement. Our goal is to ensure that your business is protected and positioned for long-term success.

Commitment to Excellence

At Jennings & Hawley CPA, we are committed to excellence in everything we do. Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality services, meticulous attention to detail, and a proactive approach to problem-solving.

Get Started Today

Protect your business and ensure its future success with a well-structured buy/sell agreement from Jennings & Hawley CPA. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you safeguard your investment, maintain business continuity, and avoid potential disputes. Let us be your trusted partner in navigating the complexities of buy/sell agreements and securing the future of your business.

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