After years of work in a business, it can be quite profitable to sell it. Being acquired by a larger company is something that many hope for. However, selling a business is rarely a simple affair. Parties to the purchase of a business must comply with Federal and New Jersey laws that govern mergers, acquisitions, negotiations and securities exchanges.

How Do I Sell a Business?

The initial step in selling a Westfield business is soliciting an offer. A purchase agent can help you find prospective buyers, as well as advise you concerning whether offers that you receive are worth consideration. The purchaser might want financial records to be updated in accordance with New Jersey and Federal law. This might be required by law in some cases, and besides, it always helps in determining the correct value for the rights you are selling. As an agreement for the purchase is reached, usually a formal contract will be written. It is important to review such documents before they are signed so that all aspects of the agreement are presented properly.

What Will I Give Up in the Business?

The sale of a business is simply the transfer of a right known as "control". The party with control of a business directs its operations and may use the business property as it sees fit. Because the right of control is separable, the buyer of a business in Westfield may not be interested in other rights within the company. Actually, control is usually cheaper to purchase without other rights such as the right to future earnings. Sometimes buyers negotiate to allow those right to remain with the seller. Negotiations during the sales process are essential, and they should be used as an opportunity to voice fully each party's intentions and concerns.

How Can an Attorney Help?

In selling a business, the seller must meet the requirements of New Jersey law. A local lawyer practicing in Westfield will be able to advise you about your particular sale.