Dental Practice Sale Legal Tips

by: Peter Cusimano
Lawyer - Barrister & Solicitor

Are you planning to sell your dental practice?

A dental practice sale to another dentist will involve numerous steps to be properly completed. In order to ensure a smooth transition and to avoid any delays or unexpected problems, it is advisable to engage the services of a lawyer to assist with the legal aspects of the sale of your dental practice.

Some of the legal steps involved will include:
  1. co-ordination with the lawyer for the purchaser
  2. if you have a dentistry professional corporation, ensuring the corporation's minute book and records are up to date
  3. reviewing and assisting in the preparation of a proposed Letter of Intent
  4. reviewing and assisting in the preparation and finalization of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale
  5. preparation certain documents that will be required to be given to the purchaser on the completion of the sale
  6. dealing with certain issues such as Associate Dentists and staff
  7. addressing any issues such as the removal/discharge of any liens that have been registered by equipment financing companies, banks, or other third party lenders
  8. obtaining an assignment/transfer of the lease for the premises where the practice is located
  9. ensuring the purchaser files any documents that are required to be filed after the completion of the transaction (such as updating of corporation's official records filed with the government if required, or changing the name of a dentistry professional corporation if required)
  10. dealing with any matters that are to be dealt with after the completion date
In addition, your lawyer will also need to be in contact with various parties including:
  1. the lawyer for the purchaser
  2. the dental broker
  3. your banker
  4. your accountant
  5. your landlord
  6. your insurance broker
  7. other third parties as required

In my law practice, I deal with dentists on a regular basis. If you are contemplating selling your dental practice, please feel free to contact me to discuss your dental practice.