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Hidden Threats to Your Supply Chain

In 1997, during a period of peak demand, a factory fire at Aisin Seiki Co., one of Toyota's key suppliers, shut down production of P-valves, a small but vital component in Toyota's braking systems. Toyota, champion of...more

Managing the Generational Transition

Almost by definition, a family-owned business consists of multiple generations of owners and operators. The different generations may have different visions for the business, but they are usually all aligned on wanting what...more

Event Recap: Transitioning to Sibling and Cousin Generations

Recently, DWT’s Family Business Group sponsored a day-long workshop on Succession Planning featuring Professor Ivan Lansberg from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  Professor Lansberg is one of the world...more

Top Ten Seller Mistakes

In his recently published book, Perfect your Exit Strategy: Seven Steps to Maximum Value, Seattle investment banker Thomas Metz highlights what he sees as the top ten mistakes made by sellers of businesses. Family-owned...more

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The New UK Register of Persons With Significant Control

In Depth - From 30 June 2016 all UK companies (other than most listed companies) and LLPs will need to include details of persons with significant control or influence (“PSC”) on their annual confirmation statements...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Cause for Concern Among Family Controlled Businesses

A profound effect on family controlled businesses may be in store when proposed Treasury Regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code come to pass. Under the new regulations, taxpayers would be precluded from...more

Wealth Management Update - June 2016

June Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts The June § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs...more

What’s Next: After the Sale of a Family Business

Sometimes, the right succession plan is to sell the family business. Recently, four veterans of family business sales shared their experiences with other families at a DWT Family Business Legacy Series Event in Seattle. ...more

Recap: Powell’s Book’s | The Rise of an Empire

“If you give the business to my brother, you will never see your grandchildren again.” When Michael Powell heard that description of a family business succession plan gone wrong from another family in the area, he...more

Court Affirms Holding That A Trust Owns Stock That Was Issued To The Trustee In His Individual Capacity

In Dutcher v. Dutcher-Phipps Crane & Rigging, Inc., a trust owned twenty percent of a family limited partnership that in turn owned a family business. No. 08-15-00202-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 3809 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2016, no...more

Estate of Clara M. Morrissette Secures Victory in Groundbreaking Estate Tax Case

In a case of first impression, the United States Tax Court ruled in favor of a taxpayer whose estate planning focused on the preservation and succession of a 70-year-old family-owned business. In Estate of Clara M....more

2016 NACD Private Company Governance Survey Results

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recently released its 2015-2016 NACD Private Company Governance Survey. In an article in the March 2016 edition of “Private Company Director” – a monthly publication...more

Ten Tips for Preventing Feuds from Wrecking Your Family Business

Passing along a family business can be tricky business. There are a variety of legal, tax, and emotional issues that can complicate the process. A well thought out plan made far in advance of the events requiring the plan is...more

Preserving Your Family Business (or Sale Proceeds) for Generations

As promised, below is a follow-up to my February 29th post. There, I discussed estate tax planning. Below, I want to introduce generation skipping tax planning, using some similar tools. As of 2016, each person has a...more

The Hidden Tax Trap in Your Family Business—and How to Avoid It.

You have a business. You have a family. You have a family business. And frequently, the family makes decisions about the business. Sometimes, those decisions are not formalized....more

Fold ‘Em or All-In? A Dealer’s Guide to Succession Planning

Bet, fold, bluff, raise, and all-in. These are all common words when playing a game of poker, or as some call it, Texas Hold’em. Would you believe that just as with playing poker, these words could also be used when talking...more

Quebec 2016-2017 Budget: Continued Fiscal Discipline

On March 17, 2016, the Quebec government (Government) unveiled the 2016-2017 budget (Budget). The Government confirmed that it balanced the books for 2015–16 and anticipates maintaining a balanced budget for 2016–17. The...more

Estate Planning For Real Property

Often the most difficult asset for which to plan in an estate plan is non-commercial real property such as a family farm, a hunting cabin or other recreational property. This is especially true when the property makes up a...more

Life Insurance's Role in Family Business Planning

Family business planning is best served by having a knowledgeable advisory team, and a good team includes an expert on insurance. We found an article discussing the role of life insurance in family business planning in a...more

Jarmoc and Jarmoc: A Modern-day Bleak House?

A family feud recently unfolded in the Connecticut probate court, a typical venue for family feuds to play out after the death of a successful business owner. That is the case especially when a contested will is produced...more

Court Of Chancery Limits Attorney Charging Lien

An “attorney charging lien” allows an attorney to recover compensation for his services from a fund recovered with his assistance....more

Ten Tips for a Successful Business Succession Plan

Passing along a family business can be tricky business. There are a variety of legal, tax, and emotional issues that can complicate the process. A well thought out plan made far in advance of the events requiring the plan is...more

Effectively Utilize Your Combined Federal Gift and Estate Tax Exemption

As of 2016, each person has an aggregate $5.45 million exemption from the federal gift and estate taxes. This exemption can be used either during lifetime or at death (or both, if not all of it is used for lifetime gifts)....more

Business Succesion Planning - March 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is an important event for families. In a prior article, we covered the issues that a business owner faces in general in preparing a succession plan. This article will...more

Don’t Put Off Succession Planning for the Family Farm

With the fall harvest complete for most farmers, now is a good time to give some thought to an estate plan and farm succession plan. As farmers know, maintaining a profitable farm operation is difficult. It can become a...more

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