Buy-Sell Agreements

Every co-owned business needs a buy-sell (or buyout) agreement the moment the business is formed or as soon after that as possible. A buy-sell agreement protects business owners when a co-owner wants to leave the company (and protects the owner who's leaving).
 
If a co-owner wants out of the business, wants to retire, wants to sell his shares to someone else, goes through a divorce, or passes away, a buyout agreement acts as a sort of "premarital agreement" to protect everyone's interests, setting the price and terms for a buyout. Every day that value is added to a business without a plan for future transition, it increases the owners' financial risk.