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Transitions in the Family Business, Part III: A Successful Sale

This post is Part III in a three-part series summarizing and exploring Transitions in the Family Business: A Conversation with Family Business Owners and Leaders, a recent event for family-owned-business leaders that...more

Transitions in the Family Business, Part II: An Outside Perspective

This post is Part II in a three-part series summarizing and exploring Transitions in the Family Business: A Conversation with Family Business Owners and Leaders, a recent event for family-owned-business leaders that Bradley’s...more

Proposed Regulations Issued Implementing Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) Supplemental Contribution

In an earlier post, we reported on the passage of H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care,” (the “Act”), the purpose of which is to shore up the finances of the Commonwealth’s Medicaid...more

Using the Right Entity is Key to Successful Agribusiness

by Ruder Ware on

Are you using the right business entity for your farm or other agribusiness? I have worked with too many clients who have paid additional tax dollars or have been unable to achieve their succession planning goals due to their...more

Transitions in the Family Business, Part I: Caring for the Goose

Last week, Bradley’s Family Business Advocates team co-hosted Transitions in the Family Business: A Conversation with Family Business Owners and Leaders with Warren Averett. ...more

Closely Held Businesses: You Make the Plan, or a Plan Will Be Made For You

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Who is the Better Planner for Your Affairs: You or the State? Planning for succession of a closely held business is a lot like making a will. An individual has the opportunity to make a will which directs how the...more

Should a Family Business Consider an IPO as an Exit Strategy?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

There are a multitude of ways to realize ownership transition–some simple, some complex, some a safe bet and some full of risks. For the ambitious, successful family-owned company that wants to make it to the big leagues, an...more

Tax Law Uncertainty Should Not Delay Farming Business Succession Planning

by Downey Brand LLP on

President Trump promised and will pursue tax reform, but Congress must agree to any proposal. For the most part, a majority vote in both houses would allow tax reform for about a decade, and at least sixty Senate votes would...more

Business Planning Alert: "Selling a Business? Be Sure Your Financial House is in Order"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

When an investor makes a decision to buy a business, the focus in almost every instance is on the business's future financial performance. Accordingly, an owner who has decided to sell a business must ensure that the...more

Succession Lessons from The Crown

Leadership transition from parent to child in a family-owned business is challenging. I noted a few factors in the successful, though difficult, transition portrayed in The Crown that may be helpful in your own “kingdom.”...more

Mom Let You Grow up to be a Cowhand, Now What? – Legacy Planning in Agricultural Industries

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A typical family-run ranch or farm may look like this: grandparents still own and collect rent on the majority of land, parents serve as CEOs, and the third generation works the land as general managers while raising the...more

And the Award For Most Oppressive Conduct By a Majority Shareholder Goes to . . .

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the years I’ve litigated and observed countless cases of alleged oppression of minority shareholders by the majority. Oppression can take endlessly different forms, some more crude than others in their execution, some...more

Definitions in Shareholder Agreements Matter When Transferring Family-Owned Business Stock

by Murtha Cullina on

Owners of family-owned corporations often enter into shareholder agreements that spell out whether and to whom corporate shares can be transferred. Frequently, these agreements provide for rights of first refusal by the other...more

9 Legal Questions Every Small Business Owner Should Ask

by Fraser Trebilcock on

As a small business owner, you wear multiple hats. Making sure your business is compliant with laws and regulations is a top priority. These 9 legal questions every small business owner should ask will help you evaluate where...more

Jones Presents at NCBA Estate Planning and Probate Section Annual Meeting

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Charlotte Wealth and Estate Planning Member Chris Jones spoke at the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Estate Planning and Probate Section Annual Meeting in Kiawah Island, SC on July 28. The presentation titled,...more

Beyond Succession; Opening a Discourse About Inheritance

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Recently we published a post in our blog about succession and the steps necessary to see it through. Having an open, honest, and transparent discourse with family members is one such step. Yet, this is often more easily said...more

The Important First Step in Law Firm Client Succession

by Hayse LLC on

Succession planning of client relationships at law firms requires a thoughtful examination of a law firm’s past, present and future. Managing the transition of a senior lawyer’s practice to younger counterparts is not easy....more

McNees Insights – Estate Planning Newsletter - July 2017

Deducting Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions - You can elect each year to itemize deductions rather than claim the standard deduction. Itemized deductions are those that you claim on Schedule A of Form 1040, Itemized...more

Family Business – The Key to Surviving Generations

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Every article, paper, memo, or advisory about family business succession touches on some common themes. Plan early. Communicate well. Document the process. Gauge the true interest and ability of the next generation. A few...more

Best in Law: It's a Family Affair! How to Avoid the Pitfalls - Six Legal Tips to Running a Family Business

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Many successful businesses are family-owned. There is an unmatched pride that comes from building a business that has the capability of being passed down through generations. Yet, a family business faces unique challenges....more

Law Firm Survival and Succession Planning – 3 Steps

by Hayse LLC on

Succession and succession planning are hot topics in the legal profession. One statistic explains the focus on the topic – only about 30% of law firms make it beyond the first generation....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s troubles over the past few months have been well documented (here, among many other places). Still, this weekend’s news that the ride-hailing company’s board is considering a three-month leave of absence for CEO Travis...more

Hope For the Best, Prepare For the Worst: How to Effectively Manage the Perpetual Risk of Employee Loss

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Inevitably, all businesses must deal with employee turnover and the departure of key employees. Such departures have become more frequent of late, as the economy is again on the rise, more jobs are available, the unemployment...more

Passing the Baton: Lessons Learned

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On May 16, 2017, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP hosted 85 owners and managers of family-owned businesses at the latest edition of our Family Business Legacy Series. Mike Garvey, the co-founder of Saltchuck Resources, a...more

Day 12 of One Month to Better Compliance through HR-Succession Planning Around Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Another area where compliance can play a key role is in succession planning. Succession planning is just as important as governance, enterprise risk and strategic oversight. In other words, it is just as important. Sadly,...more

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