Business Transactions

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Buy-Sell Agreements

What Is a Buy-Sell Agreement?

It may be thought of as a sort of premarital agreement between business partners/shareholders or a “business will”.

An insured buy–sell agreement (triggered buyout is funded with life insurance on the participating owners’ lives) is often recommended by business-succession specialists and financial planners to ensure that the buy–sell arrangement is well-funded and to guarantee that there will be money when the buy–sell event is triggered.

Who Should Use One?

Buy and sell agreements are commonly used by sole proprietorships, partnerships, and closed corporations in an attempt to smooth transitions in ownership when each partner dies, retires, or decides to exit the business.

Why are Buy-Sell Agreements Important?

In the case of the death of a partner, the estate must agree to sell.

The buy and sell agreement requires that the business share be sold to the company or the remaining members of the business according to a predetermined formula.

Formation of Corporations/LLCs

Limited Liability Companies (LLC) Deeds

LLC’s do not have a President but instead have Manager(s) or a Managing Members. They will have one or the other. These individual(s) sign the deed.  If there is more than one Manager, they both must sign the deed unless the Operating Agreement of the LLC is reviewed by Mike or Steve and it is demonstrated that only one of the Managers is required to sign the deed.

LLC with a Corporate Manager

For liability purposes, many LLC’s are set up with a Corporate Manager. In other words, the Manager or Managing Member is a Corporation. Below is an example of the proper way to set up this deed.  

ABC, LLC, a Florida

Limited Liability Company


By:  EFG, Inc., 

a Florida Corporation, 

Its Manager


By: John Jones, 

Title:  President

General Partnership Agreements

General Partnership Deed

The Grantor (Seller) is “John Smith, General Partner of the John Smith Partnership, or from multiple general partners if there are more than one.  All partners must sign the deed. A Partnership Affidavit is also necessary.

Limited Partnership Deed

A Limited Partnership is a Partnership where there is a General Partner who assumes all the liability for the Partnership and the other partners, (the limited partners) who are often investors, have no liability. The Grantor (Seller) is “John Smith, as Limited Partner of John Smith Ltd., a Florida Limited Partnership”.  Similar to LLC’s, you often see a Limited Partner be a Corporation for further liability insulation. See example below of this deed.


John Smith, Ltd., 

A Florida limited Partnership

By:  John Smith, Inc.,

A Florida Corporation

Its General Partner


By: _____________

John Smith

Title:  President