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The Coming Silver Tsunami: Families May Lose 70% in Wealth Transfer

Record Wealth Transfer. Over the next 30-40 years about $12 trillion from those born in 1920s and 30s will be transferred to the baby boomers, and the boomers are expected to transfer some $30 trillion to their heirs, with...more

Can a Receiver’s Appointment Be Declared Void by Another Court?

QUESTION: I am a receiver appointed pursuant to stipulation in an action pending in superior court between a husband and a wife over the operation of a business they own. After operating the business for many months, I agreed...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - First Quarter 2015

In this issue: - SBA Proposes Important New Small Business Contracting Rules - When Snow Days Impact Government Contracts: Balancing Inclement Weather and the FSLA - Planning Ahead to Get it Right for Your...more

Succession planning for the family-owned hospitality business

Succession planning for the family-owned hospitality business: protecting your family and your business - The hospitality industry has been kind to families over the centuries, providing a good living for many, and...more

Rare Claim Falls Outside Arbitration Agreement, Creates Piecemeal Litigation

Because of the strong federal policy favoring arbitration, and cases providing that any doubt about the scope of an arbitration agreement must be resolved in favor of arbitration, it is uncommon to find a decision holding...more

Why a Tax Attorney's Advice is Important: Estate Planning, Gift Tax, Business Succession, and the Ability to Rely on Advice by...

A recently published tax court opinion provides us with a fascinating case involving a rags to riches story of a tightly-knit hardworking family and the creation, merger and eventual sale of two related family companies. It...more

"The Estate Planner" – January/February 2015

In this issue: - Life Insurance – A Powerful Estate Planning Tool for Nontaxable Estates - Four Ways to Transfer a Family Business - Changing Family Makeup Requires Estate Plan Review - Estate...more

Minority Shareholder Oppression In Family Businesses In Pennsylvania

Decades ago, Pennsylvania courts, as well as other state courts, were reluctant to interfere with business judgments of majority shareholders managing a corporation, even where the expectations of a minority shareholder had...more

Financing the Business Buyout – Part II (Investors)

Last month, Part I on this topic discussed the problem facing a Remaining Spouse when the Departing Spouse rejects a buyout offer of a modest down payment and a long installment note: How to raise sufficient cash to avoid a...more

Problems And Solutions In Business Succession Planning, P.1

As we’ve previously mentioned on this blog, business succession planning is critical in maintaining the strength and integrity of a business during and after changes of leadership. Experts in business planning say that...more

To Work with Family, or to Not Work with Family?

Working with family members can be a double-edged sword. It may seem easier to start a business with family members because you already know and trust them, but if things go awry, the disputes can be even more personal and...more

Financing the Business Buyout – Part I (Lenders)

My first article in this series addressed this question: When the closely-held business is a substantial marital asset, what are the three main choices for turning the Departing Spouse’s interest into cash payments? My next...more

Trustee Selection: Choose Wisely if Your Family-owned Business Will Be Held in a Trust

Let’s assume that you and your spouse are the sole owners of a very successful business. You have established an estate plan with trusts in place to utilize the estate tax exemptions of both spouses for Washington state and...more

Family Offices Exempt From Registration as Commodity Trading Advisors

Family offices have existed for over a century and have been formed to implement very important, complex objectives, including investment management, corporate succession, estate, gift, and income tax planning, and charitable...more

Tax Court Rules Corporate Merger of Family-Owned Businesses Results in Substantial Taxable Gift

In September, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Cavallaro v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2014-189, holding that a merger of two family-owned businesses resulted in a $29.6 million gift from Mr. and Mrs. Cavallaro to their three...more

What We Can Learn from Market Basket

We have all watched as the Market Basket family and business dispute has played out in the media – customers protesting, employees on strike and secret family meetings behind closed doors. What began as a small family grocery...more

Installment Terms for the Business Buyout in a Divorce

For many divorcing couples, a closely-held business is the most valuable marital asset. In most cases, it is likely that only one spouse will remain with the business, raising this key issue: How can the interest of the...more

Deferred Payments and Earnouts – A Potential Source of Family Discord

Let’s assume you are selling the family business. In order to get the best terms and price, you may not be able to negotiate the full purchase price in cash up front. More likely, some portion of the purchase price will be...more

Blood is Thicker Than Water: The Obligation To Bargain Over Nepotism Policies

It seems sensible for an employer to have a nepotism policy restricting the circumstances where an employee may supervise a family member (or make employment decisions such as compensation, discipline, evaluation, or...more

Transitioning the Family Business to the Next Generation

The transition of a family owned business involves a variety of legal and tax issues. While most business owners plan to avoid taxes and develop creditor protection strategies, business owners also should be focused on...more

“Corporate Governance” in a Family Business: Who Needs It?

Smaller family-owned businesses are often operated with a degree of informality that is both natural and efficient. The thought is that “corporate governance norms” are for someone else’s business—the big guys with their...more

Does “Hobby Lobby” Apply to My Family Business?

On Monday, June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “closely-held” for-profit companies could be exempt from the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requirement to offer birth control coverage to their employees. As...more

Texas Supreme Court Denies Minority Shareholder’s Oppression Claims

On June 20, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that courts are not authorized to order closely held corporations to buy out a minority shareholder’s interests under state law, and that no common-law cause of action exists for...more

Business Litigation Alert: Texas Supreme Court Update - New Ruling Restrains Minority Shareholder Oppression Claims

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Ritchie v. Rupe, a case that essentially eliminates the continuing viability of claims for minority shareholder oppression in Texas. The case involved a dispute over a...more

Income Tax – Transfers of Family Business To Children Tax Free

In Bross Trucking, Inc., TC Memo 2014-10, the United States Tax Court ruled that a taxpayer’s wholly-owned corporation that ceased operations due to its difficulty with regulatory authorities had no goodwill. As a result,...more

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