A Strong Financial Plan Which Protects Your Company and Your Family
The death or long-term disability of a business owner may lead to internal turmoil, customer erosion and disruption in revenue flow. A buy/sell agreement funded with life insurance may help prevent these problems from arising and potentially damaging your business.
Most business owners implement one of two plans – the cross-purchase plan or the entity purchase or stock redemption plan.
Cross-purchase plan – Each business owner purchases a life insurance policy on each of the other owners. When an owner dies, the surviving owners use the death benefit to purchase the deceased owner’s share of the business.
Entity purchase or stock redemption plan – In an entity redemption plan between owner-employees, each owner enters into an agreement with the business for the sale of their respective interests to the business.
As a part of this agreement, the business will purchase separate life insurance contracts on the lives of the owners. The business will pay the premiums and will be the owner and beneficiary. When an owner-employee dies, his or her share of the company will pass to the heirs of his or her estate. The business may use the proceeds from the policy to purchase the interest from the estate. This type of plan is not limited in by the number of employees you want to insure.
A surprisingly large number of business owners have buy sell agreements in principle only. Having an unfunded buy-sell agreement is a disaster waiting to happen. Ask us how our team of experts may assist to protect your business by designing a plan for you today.