Virtual Legal

Selling a Business

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Selling a Business

Time to sell? Let us take the stress of preparing a contract of sale for you and manage this transaction, while you spend your final days running the business and preparing for your transition. We want you to enjoy the process so will guide you through the steps of conveying a business, then manage the transaction for you, while you focus on planning your new life.
Legal help delivered flexibly to make life easier for you That's Virtual Legal​

The types of things we may do for you​

Drafting Contract of Sale and Special Conditions​

Responding to Buyer’s lawyer on due diligence Q’s​

Releasing PPSR Charges with banks & suppliers​

Adjusting staff entitlements, rent & outgoings​

Working through contract & special conditions​

Preparing for and attending Settlement​

Reviewing Lease Assignment Deed & Bond Return​

Assisting with Transfer of Food & Liquor Licences​

Ready for the next chapter of life?

Let us take care of the sale while you plan your future.

Client Testimonials

M Condi

Very happy with the professionalism of Virtual Legal. I did not have to worry about a thing. Thank you

S Lipschitz

They were empathetic and when stressors were about, they were able to calmly sort through the issues. I would highly recommend Virtual Legal and if the need arises again, I would be happy to use them again


Virtual Legal, gives you peace of mind in the business world, efficiency, flexibility and understanding of my business is paramount for me. Thank you, Katie and Chris.


Luff TV

The team at Virtual legal have helped me both personally with property settlements and also in business, with many different legal requirements. Their franchising knowledge as well as corporate and general law is fantastic. Better still their friendly professional service makes using a law firm pleasurable. Well done Virtual Legal!

D Stakelum

River City Bookkeeping

“I cannot recommend Virtual Legal Highly enough, Chris is fantastic and went above and beyond what I had requested. I will be using Virtual Legal for all of my future work. Thanks! Donna, River City Bookkeeping”

S Cooper

Virtual legal where a delight to deal with precise and professional!

PRICING & Packages

Choose a Package to Suit You

This may be your first time but it’s not ours.
We’ll take care of it so you can focus on your bright new future!




Sale Package (No Lease)




Sale Package with Lease Assignment




Sale Package with New Lease

Frequently Asked Questions

If you already have a potential buyer, we will prepare the Contract of Sale and work with the Buyer or the Buyer’s solicitor if one is appointed, to finalise the details in the Contract. You don’t need an agent to do this as the Contract is done by the lawyers anyway. If you are using an agent to find the Buyer, make sure you factor their fees into your sale price.

In the event you do not settle the transaction, we will only charge for whatever time was recorded on the file so you’re only paying for exactly what you used.  Once you find another Buyer, we can then use the same company search, PPSR searches, etc from your terminated contract to save you doing them again, so that will save you on the second transaction also.

Often financiers will require that there is a minimum of 7 years left on a lease if the Buyer is looking to obtain a business loan payable over 7 years (they match the loan term to the lease). So if the Buyer needs a longer term, then you either need to organise for an amendment to the Lease during the Assignment phase via us, or have your current Lease terminated on Settlement and cause for the Buyer to enter into a new lease. It is a good idea to discuss this with the buyer so they can speak to their financier prior finalising the Contract, as an extended lease can improve the business value too, which would potentially increase the price. We suggest discussing this with your business broker and with us early in the negotiation piece or before you even look for a buyer.
This will depend on which State of Australia you are selling your business in, but generally speaking the Seller pays the cost of the Landlord’s legal fees, which often range between $2,000 to $5,000 depending on the law firm they engage. In some States, such as Queensland, the Landlord cannot charge for a new lease, so if the Buyer opts for a new lease, there is no or minimal cost to you other than releasing the lease you’re currently in.
This will depend on the terms of the Fit Out Contribution Deed and the Lease you signed. Often there will be a period of time that you cannot sell or close your business for (often 5 years) otherwise there is some form of penalty to be paid. We will closely review these documents for you and advise you on the position. Often, the amount to be repaid will be say 20% of the entire Fit Out Contribution if you are in the final year of the term, so it may be worth it for you still.
Yes, we will discuss what you’re looking to do before you approach any buyers, so that you have a full understanding of what kind of deal we can structure for you under the Contract of Sale. We always suggest you work closely with your accountant too to consider any taxation issues and also with your business broker as they generally have a reasonable understanding of what a business like yours may be worth in the current economic climate.
The Landlord has the right to refuse a prospective Tenant if they feel they would not make for a suitable Tenant given their financial background and experience in business (or lack of experience), although the Landlord has to act reasonably. In some cases, the Landlord may require a larger security deposit from the new Tenant if they do not have the same financial resources as you.