The Importance of the Legacy Protection Plan for Young Dentists

The Importance of the Legacy Protection Plan for Young Dentists

By Rod Strickland, DDS | Legacy Practice Transitions

As a young dentist who has recently ventured into the ownership of a dental practice, you face many challenges and responsibilities, not least of which is managing significant financial obligations. Often,
these include substantial debts incurred from purchasing or establishing your practice. In this high-stakes environment, it’s crucial to consider not just the growth of your business but also protective measures that secure its future and that of your family.

The Risks to Your Dental Practice

One of the least discussed, yet profoundly impactful, risks is the sudden loss of the practice owner through death or incapacitation. A dental practice, thriving one day, can see a dramatic decline in
value if left without a dentist at its helm. The immediacy of this depreciation is startling, with most of its value eroding within just a few months of such an event. This is where Legacy Practice Transitions’
Legacy Protection Plan (LPP) becomes indispensable.

What is the Legacy Protection Plan?

The LPP is a robust safety net designed for exactly these types of unforeseen circumstances. By enrolling in this plan, you receive an initial valuation of your practice, which is then updated annually at no extra cost. This continuous appraisal ensures you and your family are always aware of the practice’s worth, a critical component in financial planning and risk management.

However, the core benefit of the LPP lies in its proactive approach to crisis management. In the event of your sudden death or if you become mentally incapacitated, the agreement you sign with Legacy Practice Transitions triggers an immediate action to list your practice for sale. This prompt response is vital in preserving the practice’s value, ensuring that your family is not burdened by a depreciating asset during an already challenging time.

Why is LPP Vital for Young Dentists?

For young dentists, the stakes are even higher. The financial landscape for new practitioners often involves navigating heavy debts from student loans to practice loans. In the unfortunate event of your
premature departure, without a rapid response mechanism like the LPP, your grieving family would face not only personal loss but also the daunting task of managing or disposing of an asset that is rapidly
losing value. This could potentially lead to financial ruin, where the debts exceed the recoverable value of the practice.

Furthermore, managing the sale of a dental practice is not a simple task. It requires specific knowledge of the dental market and connections that a spouse or other family members may not possess. Legacy Practice Transitions specializes in this field, and their expertise can be invaluable in such times, ensuring that the practice sells for its maximum possible value.

Investing in the Legacy Protection Plan is not just a financial decision; it’s a cornerstone of responsible practice management and family protection. It provides peace of mind, knowing that your hard work and legacy will be handled professionally and promptly, safeguarding your family’s financial future.

For young dentists, the path forward is filled with potential and promise. Ensure that you have taken all measures to protect your professional achievements and the financial security of those you love. The Legacy Protection Plan offers an effective solution to a risk often overlooked, making it an essential component of your business strategy.

With over 100 years in the fields of dentistry, practice transitions, consulting, and financial planning, Legacy Practice Transitions is devoted to helping you achieve the best possible dental practice transitions as a buyer or seller. Our Practice Transition Consultants will assist you in determining your personal and professional needs, make sound recommendations on appropriate transition programs, and provide comprehensive support at every step.

For a personalized consultation and to explore your options with seasoned professionals, reach out to Dr. Rod Strickland at (843-501-2030) or via email at