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Written by Sarah Charles Wright.

Dr. Smith has built a successful medical practice over the last 30 years, but is ready to retire and sell the practice to another physician. Dr. Jones practices with a group in the same specialty as Dr. Smith and thinks buying Dr. Smith’s practice presents a great opportunity for him to leave his medical group and open up his own office. Dr. Smith has the practice professionally appraised for fair market value. Based on the appraisal, he and Dr. Jones agree on a purchase price. At least a month before the closing, Dr. Smith will send a letter to his active patients explaining his retirement, that Dr. Jones is taking over the practice, and recommending Dr. Jones’ services. At closing, Dr. Jones will make a down-payment and sign a two-year note for the balance of the purchase price.


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