Take Steps to Protect Your Medical Practice
It has been estimated that about 24% of physicians or other medical professionals will have a marriage that ends in a divorce. Navigating a divorce while simultaneously managing a medical practice can present a complex challenge. Here are some important steps to take.
Seek Expert Legal and Financial Advice
If you are going through a divorce and have a medical practice, you may want to seek the help of a New Jersey family law attorney with experience working with medical practitioners. They can advise on protecting your practice’s assets and navigating property division. Additionally, working with a knowledgeable financial advisor can help ensure a fair distribution of assets and assist you in making informed financial decisions during this transition period.
Open and Respectful Communication
Along with that, it is essential to maintain clear and respectful communication with your spouse during divorce proceedings regarding how to manage your medical practice. Open dialogue can help prevent misunderstandings and conflicts impacting your personal life and practice.
Evaluate Practice Ownership
If you co-own the medical practice with your spouse, explore the various options for dividing or selling the practice. A common approach is for one spouse to buy out the other’s share of the practice. This process involves thoroughly evaluating the practice, which a professional appraiser typically conducts. Alternatively, you may continue co-owning the practice but establish clear guidelines for decision-making and responsibilities.
Review Buy-Sell Agreements
If you have partners in your medical practice, review the buy-sell agreement, which outlines procedures for selling or transferring ownership in case of certain events, such as a divorce. Understanding the provisions and implications of this agreement is essential for a smooth transition in ownership.
Maintain Focus on Patient Care
Despite any personal challenges you may be facing, prioritize the well-being of your patients. Consistent patient care and upholding your professional reputation are absolutely vital. You should communicate with your patients, ensuring you maintain their trust and underscore your unwavering commitment to their health.
Remember that running a medical practice during a divorce can take a significant emotional toll. To prioritize patient care and ensure the smooth operation of the practice, delegate specific administrative and managerial responsibilities to reliable staff members. By doing so, you can alleviate some of the burden and concentrate on the most critical aspects of your practice.
Update Legal and Financial Documents
Additionally, thoroughly review and promptly update all legal documents pertaining to your medical practice. Your attorneys may want to review all partnership agreements, ownership documents, and any pertinent contracts. These documents should accurately reflect any changes in ownership or responsibilities that have arisen due to the divorce.
Develop a Transition Plan
To ensure a successful transition, you may want to develop a comprehensive plan if you choose to retain ownership of your practice. This plan must include detailed strategies that guarantee the seamless operation of your practice during and after the divorce process. Be ready to adjust your work schedule, hire additional staff, or implement changes that support the practice’s smooth running.
Consider mediation if you and your spouse are willing to avoid a confrontational approach in resolving the terms of your divorce, including medical practice-related concerns. You can encourage productive communication and attain mutually satisfactory resolutions through mediation, mitigating the psychological burden of legal proceedings.
Protect Personal and Practice Assets
Protecting both your personal and practice assets is crucial during proerty division. Work closely with your attorney and financial advisor to develop strategies that safeguard your hard-earned assets and prevent them from being unnecessarily entangled in the divorce proceedings.
Reach Out to Our New Jersey Family Law Attorney
Navigating a divorce while managing a medical practice demands careful planning, open communication, and a strong support network. Every situation is unique. With that in mind, you need to tailor these steps to your circumstances for a smooth transition.
If you would like to learn more about protecting your medical practice, reach out to the experienced attorneys at Morgenstern & Rochester. We can help you take the first steps in this complicated process. Schedule a consultation by calling (856) 489-6200 or by filling out the contact form.