Pete Benenati is a lawyer board-certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is licensed in Texas, Arkansas, New York, and Nevada. His firm, Benenati Law, is located in Bedford, Texas, and focuses on business, tax, estate planning, and the negotiation of business sales and executive compensation. Throughout his 30-year practice, Pete has served various clients, from small, closely-held family ventures to multimillion-dollar corporations, entity formation, and buy-sell agreements. Pete earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College in New York, his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University, and his Master of Laws degree in Taxation from New York University.
Pete joins me today to discuss business transitions, buy-sell agreements, and succession planning. He describes the characteristics of an excellent estate planning attorney and what it takes to close a deal in as short as 60 days. He explains why buyers tend to purchase assets over business entities and offers advice to families considering succession for the next generation. Pete also outlines different scenarios a buy-sell agreement needs to consider and offers negotiating and planning advice to business owners who want to sell their businesses in the future.
“Transactions start long before you ever get a letter of intent from the potential buyer. It gets to ensuring your financials, books, and corporate documents are in good order.” - Pete Benenati