When Should Dental Associate Set Purchase Price for Dental Practice?

I’ve joined an established practice as an associate and we are discussing when to place a value on the practice. I was under the impression we’d take the value of practice now, but his attorney is suggesting December of 2011. We are both looking for what is fair and customary.

What are your thoughts? And what company would be a wise to use for structuring the purchase agreement?


It depends.

If the practice has had an associate prior to you joining and you’re replacing that associate, have no problem with 12/11.

If you’re the first associate in the practice I usually lean towards setting the price NOW.

If the attorney has a lot of dental experience, they can certainly initiate the structure of the purchase agreement.

This first appeared on Dentaltown.

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