Practice Continuation Agreements and Why Solos Need Them

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By Marc Rosenberg
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A Practice Continuation Agreement (PCA) is a written contract between a sole practitioner and another firm for the latter to take over the solo’s practice, either permanently or temporarily, in the event of a sudden, unexpected event that prevents the solo from working, most commonly a health issue.

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Logically, it would make total sense for every one of the 30,000 sole practitioners in the U.S. to have a PCA in place. After all, the solo has no other partners to take her place and in the vast majority of cases, the solo’s staff doesn’t have the skill level or the certifications needed to run the practice in the absence of the owner.