In our last post, we started the discussion of buy-sell agreements for physicians and explained how the disability component of these agreements is often overlooked. Disability buy-sell insurance is, simply put, an insurance contract that states that after a period of time being disabled, you, your practice or your partners will be given a benefit amount that was predetermined in order to buy the disabled person’s share of the practice. In this final part of the series, we’ll cover other reasons why you need disability buy-sell insurance and share some probabilities that a disability would trigger a claim.
For physicians in medical practices, the concept of a “buy-sell” agreement is not new. In fact, if you’re like most medical practices, you probably already have such an agreement in place. Most agreements do a good job covering how to handle the death of a partner, but most never address the questions, “What if my partner or I become disabled, what then? How do we dissolve the practice fairly?”