Buy-sell agreements are one of the most essential contracts between co-owners of a company.

The point of a buy-sell agreement is to protect the company and the remaining co-owner (or co-owners) if one partner dies, by keeping the ownership in the company and/or in the remaining owners’ hands.

There are three main types of buy-sell agreements, and they all depend on life insurance cover to ensure the funds become available to see the agreements through. This is done through life insurance policies called buy-sell policies.

The 3 types of buy-sell agreement – and how they are underpinned by life insurance policies:

  • The Cross-Purchase Buy-Sell Agreement: the remaining partners agree to purchase the deceased or departing co-owner’s shares. In the case of death, the funds to do so are supplied by the life insurance payout from the deceased. The deceased would have made each co-owner a beneficiary for this purpose. The amount they receive would be exact – as per a price agreed on, in the buy-sell agreement. The payout would be a lump sum.
  • The Redemption Buy-Sell Agreement: the beneficiary of the life insurance payout for the amount agreed on in the buy-sell agreement is the company. The company is then awarded the exact funds require to purchase the shares.
  • The Hybrid Buy-Sell Agreement: is a combination of the above two types of buy-sell agreement. The life insurance policies involved would pay out to the company and the remaining co-owner(s)

There are several types of buy-sell life insurance policies. As life cover aimed specifically at buy-sell agreements, they can be tailor-made to suit your company. As companies change it is worth noting that a yearly business valuation will assist in keeping your insurance policies in sync with the company growth.

Buy-sell life insurance policies don’t just protect and benefit the company and it’s owners, but also the family of the deceased. Buy-sell life cover ensures they get fair compensation for the shares they would otherwise have inherited.

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