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Legal Documents for Selling a Business

ExitAdviser provides you with a comprehensive, end-to-end collection of contract templates, form letters, valuation spreadsheets, and checklists for sale. Feel free to download, modify, and use the files online or off-line.

1. Checking the Status


Buy-Sell Agreement Template

A buy-sell agreement, or a buyout agreement, is a common contract between owners of a business. It provides for the sale of an Owner’s shares in a variety of situations: death, retirement, bankruptcy, unresolved conflicts with other owners, etc.

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Advisory and Consulting Agreement

An advisory and consulting contract outlines the scope of the work, payment schedules, and deadlines when hiring an independent consultant or advisor. This sample template includes a confidentiality clause, indemnification clause, insurance expectations, as well as other key provisions designed to get the job done and protect you and your business.

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Pre-Sale Checklist

After you've decided to sell your business, attention to the details that make up your asking price is important. This is an organized list of criteria that are relevant from a potential buyer's standpoint.

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Communication Plan Template

When selling a business, a clear Communication Plan is essential to avoid information leaking out in an uncontrolled and damaging fashion. Use this template to prepare a professional plan of communication for your business sale.

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2. Preparing for Sale


Business Broker Agreement

This is a complete, well-balanced Business Broker Contract to list a business for sale. The agreement addresses interests of both parties to seal a win-win deal between a business owner and a business broker. Use this template to draft your own agreement.

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Business Valuation Template

This open-source MS Excel worksheet utilizes DCF (Discounted Cash Flow) – a widely accepted method among business appraisers to calculate the value of a profitable company. Use this free spreadsheet template to get an idea of how to price your business.

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Sales Memorandum Template

When selling a business, the Sales Memorandum is a document that owners prepare to introduce the core values of their company to potential buyers. It is also known as the Memorandum of Sale.

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Complete Due Diligence Checklist

This worksheet provides a comprehensive list of terms and conditions that the parties should consider in the business sale agreement, and the types of documentation the seller should prepare.

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Due Diligence Checklist for Selling a Sole Proprietorship

This due diligence checklist serves two purposes: to provide a comprehensive list of possible terms and conditions of the deal and to show the types of documentation the seller should begin preparing for the review.

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Due Diligence Checklist for Selling a Business

This is a general-purpose checklist of terms and questions that need to be addressed in the course of a Due Diligence; i.e., the process of checking everything before selling or buying a business.

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3. Going to Market


Business for Sale Presentation Template

This is a sample PowerPoint template to help you present your business for sale. It has 7 slides for expressing the key values of the company. Feel free to download it; then update the file and create your very own version.

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4. Closing the Deal


Non-Competition Agreement

The purpose of a business-to-business Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation Contract is to restrict the seller from entering into a business which will compete with the buyer after the sale for some period of time, thus protecting the buyer’s post-closing interests.

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Non-Disclosure Agreement Template

When selling or buying a business, use a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) or Confidentiality Agreement (CA) with buyer prospects to keep control of your proprietary information. It helps you protect your business secrets such as customer data and pricing.

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Letter of Intent Template to Buy a Sole Proprietorship

If your intention is to buy a sole-proprietor business, then use this template to write your Letter of Intent to the seller. This is also known as an Offer to Purchase a Business or Proposal to Buy a Business.

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Letter of Intent Template to Buy a Limited Liability Company

When you're negotiating the sale of an LLC, use a Letter of Intent (proposal). The purpose of this document is to facilitate the start of a deal so that the buyer and seller understand the key business and contractual terms involved. LLC means Limited Liability Company.

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Letter of Intent Template to Purchase a Business

A Letter of Intent is provided by the buyer after an initial period of negotiation. This forms the starting point for due diligence, and eventually a legally binding Business Sale Agreement. Use this template to draft your own proposal to purchase a business.

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Term Sheet Template

A Term Sheet establishes general terms for a buy-sell agreement on a business sale. This is also known as Letter of Intent, Proposal to Buy a Business or Purchase Offer.

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Term Sheet Template (Version 2)

A Term Sheet is a nonbinding agreement setting forth the terms and conditions (15) under which a business sale deal will be made. It serves as a template to develop a more detailed and binding legal contract.

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Business Sale Agreement Template – Sole Proprietorship

When it's time to sell your sole proprietorship or partnership, a Business Sale Agreement sets down the terms of the sale, including the purchase price and the closing details. Use this template to draft your own contract.

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Business Sale Agreement for Selling a Limited Company

When it's time to sell your Limited Liability Company (LLC), a Business Sale Agreement sets down the terms of the deal, such as purchase price, payment terms, and the closing details of the transaction.

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Stock Sale Agreement Template

A Stock Sale Agreement defines the terms of a business sale where the transaction involves the shares (stock) of the company. This includes the purchase price, closing details, payment, and other key terms of the transaction.

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Sale of Business Assets Agreement

What if you want to sell your company's assets but not the whole business as an entity? This is a contract template for the sale of assets, both tangible and intangible, of a company. Included is a non-compete clause.

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Employment Agreement

This is a sample employment agreement that contains all of the important provisions a company or employee might want in their contract. Covered are full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal employment types.

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Assignment of Lease

When you sell a business, any existing lease for office space, storage, or shopfront must also change hands. Use this form to prepare an assignment of lease agreement.

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Seller Financing Agreement Template

In some cases the buyer of a business may not have all the capital required to pay the full purchase price. An option to solve this problem is called Seller Financing (Owner Financing). This is a loan the seller makes to the buyer to facilitate the sale.

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Secured Promissory Note

Selling a business with Seller Financing: the Promissory Note is the instrument that lays out the exact terms of a loan including security, repayment, interest rate, and penalties.

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Bill of Sale Template

When closing a business sale, a Bill of Sale is the document that explicitly transfers ownership of the business assets or shares (stock) and acts as a confirmatory receipt for the transaction.

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Asset Sale Closing Checklist

When closing your business sale, you and the buyer should agree on a closing checklist so you know that all of the bases are covered. The items on an asset sale checklist will vary case by case.

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Entity Sale Closing Checklist

If you’re selling your LLC or corporation as a business entity, you’ll need to transfer the entity to the buyer at closing. Use this master checklist as a foundation to compile your own list for closing.

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Disclaimer

Document forms and templates available at ExitAdviser have been prepared for informational purposes only and are not intended to provide, nor should be relied upon for legal advice; no attorney-client relationship is established. You should consult your attorney before engaging in any transaction.