What is Shareholder Protection?
A shareholder protection policy can enable a cash sum to be paid to the surviving shareholders, which can be used to purchase the deceased owner’s shares. The memorandum of Articles of Association for the business will dictate what happens to an owners shares if they pass away. However, we often see that the shares would pass to the deceased owner’s family/ estate. A Shareholder Protection Policy should be coupled with an appropriate signed agreement.
A Shareholder Protection Policy ensures that:
- Remaining owners retain total control of the business
- It is possible to include Critical Illness cover so that if the life assured suffers a stroke for example, then the life assured can force the remaining shareholders to buy their shares if desired
“47% have left no instructions in their will or special
arrangements regarding shares in their business.” [Legal and General Business Protection State of the Nation’s SMEs report 2019]