How Covid Impacts Partner Retirements

How long do you want your firm to last?

By Marc Rosenberg
The Rosenberg Practice Management Library

Two-thirds of partner agreements include a mandatory retirement provision. This provision usually requires partners to give up their equity but allows them to continue working in some fashion. A common stipulation is that if a “retired” partner wishes to continue working, either full- or part-time, this must be approved annually by the other partners. But with the Covid crisis, annually may come sooner than expected.

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Here are two opposing viewpoints on a mandatory retirement provision to consider the next time you review your partner agreement: