What is Buy/Sell Insurance and Why Is It Important

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Buy/Sell insurance pays a lump sum if you or one of your partners dies or suffers a serious illness or injury and aren’t unable to stay in the business.

What is Buy/Sell Insurance and Why Is It Important

Buy/Sell insurance pays a lump sum if you or one of your partners dies or suffers a serious illness or injury and aren’t unable to stay in the business. The payout helps ensure that the remaining owners can acquire the departing owner’s share and continue running the business. It should also help guarantee that the departing owner or their estate will be fairly compensated for giving up their rights to the business. 

Types of insurance:

There are three (3) types of risks that can be covered by Buy/Sell insurance:
1. The death of a business partner (life insurance)
2. Their total and permanent disablement (TPD insurance)
3. Them suffering a trauma such as heart attack, stroke, cancer, and paraplegia (trauma insurance).

Why is Buy/Sell insurance important?

Buy/Sell insurance can help minimise the risk of:
1. The remaining owners having to sell the business in order to pay out the departing owner’s estate. 
2. The control of the business or its assets being frozen due to legal difficulties created by the departing owner, their spouse or estate. 
3. A departing owner, their spouse or estate, taking legal action over a valuation or pay-out figure. 
4. The departing owner’s spouse or family taking their legal right to claim a share of the business profits without having to work in the business. 
5. A departing owner’s spouse or estate selling their share of the business to an unsatisfactory third party. 


When it comes to business estate planning, the big question you need to ask is:

‘Would your business be able to buy a departing owner’s share of the business if they died or suffered a serious illness or injury?’

If your answer to this question is no, then you need to consider transferring that financial risk to an insurance company.

As your financial adviser, I can help you do that, as well as answer any questions you have about Buy/Sell insurance, and then calculate how much Buy/Sell insurance you need to safeguard your business in the event something should happen to one of the partners. 

Just contact us at (03) 9810 3666 for a no obligation consultation.

HTA Wealth

We help our clients exceed their financial goals so that their risk is managed while creating a lasting legacy which has a greater impact on the lives of their family and their communities.