" Exit Strategies For Closely Held Businesses "
When a business owner dies or becomes incapacitated, their successors may have a new “business partner,” the IRS, a liquidating trustee, a conservator, executor, probate judge, or major creditors. Surviving partners or shareholders may have another new partner, a widow or other heirs who may have no experience in the business, but who may have no other source of income. Without an arms- length buy/sell agreement, the IRS may attempt to inflate the value of the business for estate tax purposes. Even if the business can find a lender, the burden of funding a buyout could overextend business cash flow, and limit working capital for business expansion. A Buy/Sell Agreement allows for an orderly transfer of the partner’s or shareholder’s business interest in the event of their death or disability, which can be funded with life insurance or disability buy-out insurance.
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