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Family Limited Partnerships: Are Discounts Disappearing?

“Family limited partnerships” – that is, family investment entities usually structured as LLCs or limited partnerships – have been a popular estate planning technique for years. Generally speaking, a client can transfer...more

Valuation Discounts at Risk

Yogi Berra used to say, “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” But a dime may be worth a nickel ... at least for the time being. Valuing interests in family-controlled entities is a challenging process, and an area where...more

Selling the Business to Divide the Assets, Part 2

This is Part 2 of my discussion of a third alternative for answering the question: When a closely-held business is a valuable marital asset, how can its value be turned into cash? Part 1 discussed the main pros and cons of...more

Closely-Held Shareholder Derivative Actions are Alive and Well in Texas

After 30 years of running his family-owned business, Hillbilly Oil Co., Jed Clampett decided to retire in 2013. The board of directors elects Jethro Bodine as Hillbilly’s President and Elly May as Vice President. Both Jethro...more

Trustees Beware: Which Fiduciary Standard Applies to Your “Business Judgments”?

To what legal standard must a trustee adhere when he or she also participates in the control of a family or closely held business? Courts continue to grapple with this question. The high courts in both Georgia and Nebraska...more

The Family Buyout: Tips for Success

In the life cycle of a family business, one common event is the purchase by one or several family members of the interests in the business held by other family members. Because of the family relationships inherent in such...more

Tips For Successful Succession Planning

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ? Abraham Lincoln - Your company is built to last. But when you are ready to step back and let go of the reins, will the next...more

Estate tax relief for family businesses

If a substantial portion of a person’s wealth is tied up in a family or closely held business, he or she may be concerned that the estate will lack sufficient liquid assets to pay estate taxes. If that’s the case, heirs may...more

Value of Independent Directors for the Family Corporation

In the wake of the financial scandals of the early 2000s, a push was made to increase the number of independent directors on public company boards. Most public companies are required to have a majority of independent...more

Insight on Estate Planning - June/July 2015

In This Issue: - The basics of basis: Basis planning can result in significant tax savings - Does a private annuity have a place in your estate plan? - Estate tax relief for family businesses - Estate Planning...more

Is it US taxable income? Unintended consequences when US residents receive assets from their family’s foreign corporations

It is not uncommon for affluent families from certain countries to maintain offshore structures to hold a portion, and often times a significant portion, of their wealth. The reasons for holding assets outside of their...more

Ways to Make Your Family Business More Family Friendly

Family businesses face many hurdles. One of the biggest hurdles for family businesses (as for all businesses) is keeping and retaining talent. Family businesses have to compete for talent against bigger, more established...more

Estate Tax Planning Prevents Heirs From Having To Liquidate Estate

Readers may have heard that the Housing of Representatives passed a bill last month that would repeal the estate tax. The bill, which passed on a vote of 240 to 179, is largely backed by Republicans, with Democrats mostly...more

For family businesses, the role of the attorney comes full circle

There was a time when a lawyer was considered the “consigliere” to the family and its business. Remember the role of Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen in The Godfather? Tom Hagen’s role was not as a transaction lawyer (that role was...more

Is it Time to Hire an In-House Lawyer?

As a family business grows, the question often arises whether and when to hire an in-house lawyer to manage the business’s legal affairs. How does the family—or, more accurately, the family business’s board of directors,...more

Bankruptcy Beat: A Post-Divorce Judgment Stipulation That Modifies Obligations to a Former Spouse Does Not Likewise Modify The...

On March 3, 2015, the Honorable Albert S. Dabrowski issued a decision in Swiatowiec v. Swiatowiec (In re Swiatowiec), Adv. Pro. No. 11-2074, concerning the issue of whether obligations to a former spouse incurred in the...more

Budding Family Business Entrepreneur? Top Three Legal Tips You Need to Know

A recent New Tech Seattle event at the Seattle Center brought together a group of interesting budding entrepreneurs. Discussions with several people led to the realization that many of them are facing the same basic legal...more

New Tax Rules for Tangible Property

Progress always requires change, and progress in the way we tax tangible property is no exception. The tangible property rules have long been one of the murkier areas of the federal tax code. But new regulations — the last...more

Recent Trends in Succession & Estate Planning

The traditional model for business owners to pass their assets on after death to spouses, children and grandchildren is for their professional advisors to suggest a tax-efficient structure which becomes embodied in wills,...more

Recent Trends in Succession & Estate Planning [Video]

The traditional model for business owners to pass their assets on after death to spouses, children and grandchildren is for their professional advisors to suggest a tax-efficient structure which becomes embodied in wills,...more

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

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