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Startup & Small Business Buy-Sell Agreement Essentials

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What will happen to your company if your business partner passes away? Will you own it outright or will you share the company with the heirs of your business partner? These are questions most business owners don't know the answer to because they do not have a Buy-Sell Agreement in place. Without a Buy-Sell Agreement, a business can face a world of financial and tax problems if an owner passes away, is divorced, retires, or leaves the company one way or another.

You Need a Buy-Sell Agreement document if:

  • You co-own your business and want to restrict other owners from selling their business interests to other persons or entities who may or may not have the best interest of the company in mind.
  • You want to require owners (or their estates) to have to sell their business interests in the company if the owner becomes disabled, retires, or dies, so that the remaining owners can retain full control of the company.
  • You want to require the remaining owners (or the company) to purchase the business interests of an owner who becomes disabled, retires or dies, so that there is a market for those business interests.
  • You want to establish a fair price for the business interests in advance of any serious disagreements between an owner who wants to sell out and the owners who wish to remain.


Often described as a "business will" or "business prenup", a Buy-Sell Agreement is an agreement between co-owners of company that governs what will happen to the business if one of the owner's dies or leaves the company. Just like a personal will, a Buy-Sell Agreement includes provisions for death, disability, retirement, divorce, and voluntary and involuntary transfers (including sales and bankruptcy) of the company. The agreement controls how the owners of a business can sell their interests in the business, who they can sell them to, when they can sell them, and how much they can sell them for. Not matter what your business is or who it's with, it's always a smart idea to have a Buy-Sell Agreement in place for the future.

A Buy-Sell Agreement is appropriate for all business entities, including corporations, partnerships, LLCs and proprietorships. The agreement can be created at any time but should be completed when the business is formed or soon thereafter.

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About New York Life Insurance Company

For nearly 170 years, we have conducted our business around the central values of financial strength, integrity, and humanity—and have remained committed to being a mutual company, owned solely by our policy owners. This means that, regardless of the economy, we have just one objective: meeting the needs of our customers, now and into the future.


About Alexandra Morton:

I served as CEO of the award winning company NPO Global LLC. I helped clients achieve their philanthropic goals nationally and internationally. In 2011, my client Nepal Sports & Culture Inc. received recognition from the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, D.C.

I was recognized at the 2014 Impact Showcase held at the United Nations. I have served as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Heart Truth Campaign, and the National Missing and Exploited Children’s Organization. Additionally I have been a Startup Facilitator with one of the nation’s largest entrepreneurial research nonprofits, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Fasttrac Program at Montgomery College for 4 years.

Now, I help founders and startups create comprehensive financial plans at New York Life. If you work with me I can help you allocate a great Key Man Insurance policy, fund your Buy/Sell Agreements, and provide group and individual employee benefit options.

Please contact me for a consultative session where I can sit down with you and review your business. Due to my focus on early stage companies, I am well versed in identifying important risks and helping my clients prioritize coverages while keeping company budget in mind.

Contact me if you have any questions.

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