May 2024 Newsblog

(Real questions sent to us – verbatim!)

If Party A is looking to buy a location from Party B to operate a new business, will we need an escrow to handle the transaction? Party B is not actually selling his business. Just the location. Party B is moving his existing business to another location.

The main purpose of doing a business sale escrow is to protect a Buyer from a Seller’s responsibilities of payment to creditors, vendors, and tax agencies of the business being sold. However, in your case, Party B IS NOT selling his business but just moving to another location. This isn’t a purchase of an existing business and so there is no need for a business sale escrow transaction. In your case, if Party A has agreed to pay Party B money to take over the location, then they would handle this payment between themselves. Before they do that we strongly recommend that Party A negotiate with the Landlord first and make sure they are approved to take over Party B’s lease.

Just a tip for those of you who are thinking of buying a business.  You should always do an escrow because when it is done properly, it protects the Buyer from Seller’s tax and vendor liabilities. Watch out for this important term – “Successor Liabilities” – which are Seller debts that a Buyer might become responsible for if not paid.  

Under California Bulk Sale Law, a business may be exempt from following this law if the business is sold for under $10,000 or over $3,000,000. Even so, successor liabilities are always an issue no matter the value of the business. It is always a benefit to the Buyer to have a knowledgeable escrow officer handle the business sale/purchase. This is that proverbial ounce of prevention!

See my YouTube video offering below for a link to the “Art of the Bulk Sale” (part 2)


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As a continuation of Part 1 which was offered in our March 2024 blog

(please note, this is an educational video so it is 15 minutes long)


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