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Succession Planning: “If I get hit by a bus tomorrow…”

Let’s face reality. We are all going to pass on someday, so we might as well be prepared and lessen the burden for those following behind us. One of the first steps in effective succession planning is to gather in one place...more

Don’t Let Succession Issues Destroy the Relationship

Succession planning is one of those recurring issues that Wicker Park Group hears about regularly while conducting client feedback interviews. Whether due to a closely guarded relationship or a simple lack of planning, too...more

The European Succession Regulation: Important New Estate Planning Risks and Opportunities for Americans Living, Investing or...

The European Succession Regulation (the "Regulation"), also known as Brussel IV, enacted on July 4, 2012, became effective on August 17, 2015. The Regulation, which has been adopted by 25 countries throughout the European...more

Transferring the Family Business Timing is Everything

One of the most important factors to consider in any business succession plan is the timing of the transition of ownership. Whether a sale or a gift (or combination of the two), no transition should occur before the next...more

Six Recommendations For Clients With Connections to France

There have been a number of changes to EU laws recently that have had, or will have, a direct impact on your clients who have connections with France. There are six stand-out issues that are worth careful and immediate...more

Updating Estate Plan Ensures Its Accuracy, Relevance, Effectiveness

Most people are generally aware of the importance of getting an estate plan in place. Regardless of who you are, you can benefit from an estate plan, whether it be a simple or complex one. For family business owners, of...more

Five Legal Documents Every Family Business Should Have (and Use)

Every business is different. Certainly, every family is different. But family businesses, as a group, share certain challenges and opportunities. In order to ensure their businesses survive, thrive and grow, leaders of family...more

Planning For The Unexpected Departure Of A Business Owner

In the business world, the unexpected can happen. That is just a fact of life. There are many ways this principle can apply, but we’ll speak here specifically about the unexpected departure of a business owner or corporate...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

Succession Planning Best When Engaged Early And Reviewed Regularly

Most business owners, if you ask them, probably have a basic idea of what succession planning is all about: deciding how ownership interests will be passed when they or their partners or co-owners leave the company. The...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

“Letting Go: As Baby Boomers Sell Their Businesses, Too Many Forget the All-Important Succession Plan.”

Building a Business from the ground up takes devotion, energy and commitment to the bigger picture. It’s akin to birthing and raising a baby — albeit a baby that will always need a firm, guiding hand. Finding that next hand —...more

KPMG Issues 2015 Global Audit Committee Survey

In February, KPMG released its 2015 Global Audit Committee Survey, which reports on audit committee activities based on survey responses from 1,500 audit committee members across 35 countries....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

Publicly traded companies and the task of succession planning

As we’ve pointed out in previous posts on this blog, succession planning is an important task for every company to ensure its success during and after times of transition. A common theme in all effective succession planning...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

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

Problems And Solutions In Business Succession Planning, P.2

We’ve already briefly discussed the importance of planning for a fitting successor, emphasizing that it is important to begin this process sooner rather than later....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

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

Succession Planning - Even Startups Need to Have the Conversation

Startup companies have unique challenges, but succession planning is one area that both startups and well-established businesses should likewise be considering. No matter the stage of your business, the time to start thinking...more

Business Succession Planning — You Should Have Started Yesterday

You have worked incredibly hard and sacrificed a lot to build your business. No doubt that everyday concerns relating to your business take priority. However, failing to plan for the future can derail all that you have worked...more

The Donald Sterling Case Provides Valuable Trustee Incapacity Insights - Establishing the Most Effective Instruments to Evaluate...

The ideal individual trustee has a wide variety of real world experience and judgment that can only be acquired over decades. Thus, many trustees are middle-aged or older at the start of their tenure. While some people remain...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

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