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Top 10 “Must Do’s” Before Selling Your Business

After years of hard work, day after day, night after night, you have decided to part with your “baby”— sell your business. It can be one of the most difficult decisions of your life, and one of the most consequential. ...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

The Challenges of “Staying in Place” to Address Succession Planning

Over the past few months, we’ve dedicated much of our blog space to the significant challenges associated with succession planning in law firms. Variations of this topic come up in most current conversations with clients and...more

Board Refreshment: Investors Respond to Trends in Mandatory Retirement Age and Tenure with More Stringent Voting Policies

As many institutional investors have concluded, prevailing governance policies and practices have not produced desired board refreshment, which these investors would support in order to strengthen expertise, promote diversity...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

Getting Succession Right: Remember – It’s Personal

In multiple posts over the last several weeks, including “Succession Planning Challenges – No Surprises Here” and “The Impact of Succession Challenges in Smaller Markets”, my partner, Mike Short, has explored various aspects...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

The Impact of Succession Challenges in Smaller Markets

Last month I wrote about the succession planning challenges that many firms are, or will soon face. Based on what we’re hearing and seeing, there are a lot of law firms with a lot of client relationships and brainpower at...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

Law Firm Generations: Who Will Become the Next Ninurta at Your Firm?

When the Mesopotamian King of Gods, Enzil’s tablet was stolen and the young God Ninurta (thought of as powerless) rises to become the new king of gods, it is not without some harm. This story reminds me of the generational...more

Succession Planning Challenges – No Real Surprises Here

There is a well-deserved and surprising focus on succession planning within many law firms right now. The “well deserved” focus is justified because these firms are trying to bridge/balance the immediate needs and...more

Passing on the Business to the Next Generation: Not for Everyone

A recent article in The Economist (“The Reluctant Heir”) addressed the challenges in getting the next generation ready to take over the family business. These challenges are nothing new in the family business community. In...more

Before Your Han Solo Dies, Have a Business Estate Plan

In a Galaxy, Far Far Away, Han Solo ran a smuggling business with his good buddy Chewbacca in his ship, The Millennium Falcon. He would occasionally have a crew but they would always end up dying (I wouldn’t want to work for...more

Business Succession Planning - February 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is a significant undertaking even with the best laid plan. This article will outline the issues that should be considered by the business owner in transitioning a...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, January 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Board Composition and Succession Planning

Board Composition and Succession Planning - Boards have to look at their composition and make an honest assessment of whether they collectively have the necessary experience and expertise to oversee the new opportunities...more

The Results Are In!

Each year, our colleagues at the Pacific Family Business Institute (PFBI) conduct a survey of approximately two hundred family business leaders in the Pacific Northwest. They ask about topics such as growth, succession...more

Business Succession Planning - January 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business involves a variety of legal and tax issues. This goals of this process, however, should be focused on issues that are just as important – if not more important – than...more

Keeping the “Family” in Family Business: Succession of Ownership Does Not Always Mean Succession of Control and Income

As family business owners often are advised, business succession planning should include some form of estate planning. This advice is especially true when an owner wishes to transfer a business to future generations by gift...more

10 Projects That Can Produce Big Results in 2016

Success often comes in a series of small steps…not one huge leap. Too many partnerships try to address too many challenges at one time. The net result is often very minor progress on all fronts and little overall progress....more

Tribute to Conrad and Succession Planning in Compliance

The Horror! The Horror! Those are the seminal words of Mr. Kurtz, Manager of the Inner Station, in Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. Today we celebrate Conrad, Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, who was born on this...more

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

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