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Challenges in Family Business Succession

Challenges in Family Business

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Studying failure is far better than studying success because it’s easier to avoid doing the wrong things than mimic the good that others are doing. Here are some of the ways things can go awry: Families and businesses don’t grow at the same rate. From the third (and sometimes second) generation onwards, the family often grows faster than the business. What happens if many family members look to the business for employment or supplementary income?…

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Family Office Governance

It’s all about Governance

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In times of chaos, economic uncertainty, and the crushing burden to lead the family’s assets out of the fire, the need for governance grows even stronger.  Too many families consider family governance as a side dish – a pesky bug that wants to take away all the attention and resources from the main priorities which are revenues and operations. There is also an emotional side to effective family governance which is often overlooked by the…

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Wealthy Family Conflict Resolution

Wealthy Family Conflict

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Case Study: A wealth originator dies leaving a second generation son in charge of the operating business and family fortune. A mix of 2nd and 3rd generation family members are employees but a 3rd-Gen college grad, never having worked in the family business, proposes a new business venture and asks the family to invest. Read this Horizons Article on how best-selling author David Werdiger describes a resolution-construct to navigate between the conflicting agendas and uncover…

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Next Gen Philanthropy

Rising Gen Philanthropy

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There are very different generational attitudes to philanthropy in families. While previous generations saw philanthropy as “giving money to non-profits”, the rising generation of wealthy individuals has broadened and redefined the term, considering it to be “the action of transforming others’ social well-being through generosity”. The rising generation is more engaged and involved in philanthropic endeavors, and do so at earlier ages than their predecessors. They’re also motivated by the value propositions behind sustainable and…

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Pandemic Succession Planning

Pandemic Succession Planning

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Abraham Lincoln famously said: “Don’t swap horses in the middle of the stream”. Is a global pandemic the best time to change leaders? Or is it better to avoid dramatic changes during uncertain times? While we’d like to be well prepared, and knowing that succession planning is a process rather than an event, families may find themselves needing to accelerate the process at these times. Unplanned transitions don’t have to inevitably end in disaster, but when they…

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Family Office Considerations

Family Office Considerations

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A family office is usually structured around the individual needs and preferences of the family involved, and an increase in private wealth is fostering the creation of more and more single family offices (SFOs). The space is shifting rapidly, and with it comes the changing face of the family office and new definitions of what this means. One pervasive mistake is not developing a deep understanding of the goals, objectives and agendas of the wealthy…

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family business wealth transition next generation

Preparing the Rising Gen

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How can families best prepare the rising generation for inheritance and/or joining the family business? Parents may reasonably worry about raising spoiled or entitled offspring, and may feel uncomfortable discussing topics like wills and trusts before their kids are mature enough to grasp such concepts. However, a failure to prepare children for the responsibilities that come with being a custodian of significant wealth is not in the best interest of the child or the assets….

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Are you a wealth creator or wealth inheritor?

Are you a wealth creator or wealth inheritor?

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Wealthy people broadly come in two flavours – wealth creators and wealth inheritors – and each have very different characteristics. Attitudes to money and wealth are usually established as we grow up and largely remain with us for the duration of our lives. Creators often grow up without a lot of money and therefore have different attitudes to spending and the value of a dollar, are uncomfortable talking about it with their children, and often…

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Perspectives on the disclosure of information to beneficiaries of family trusts

Legal and Non-Legal Perspectives on the issue of Disclosure to Beneficiaries of Family Trusts

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I thought I would re-share this co-written article last year with me and Henry Brandts-Giesen for the https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news/lawtalk/issue-931/perspectives-on-the-disclosure-of-information-to-beneficiaries-of-family-trusts/ about two different perspectives on information disclosures for https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news/lawtalk/issue-931/perspectives-on-the-disclosure-of-information-to-beneficiaries-of-family-trusts/. I discuss the the humanistic perspective while Henry discusses the legal view of it. They put forward the trustee’s obligations and rights in this article. Original Article: https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news/lawtalk/issue-931/perspectives-on-the-disclosure-of-information-to-beneficiaries-of-family-trusts/ For additional in-depth, thought-provoking discussion points and commentary on family and business, sign-up to gain access to the archives of…

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Finanxial Advisors leaving the market

Succession – for advisors

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Financial advisors are an ‘old’ bunch – with an average age in their mid-50s and a big bulge of advisors now in their 60s and 70s. If that didn’t already pose a risk to their clients, the COVID-induced recession means that many of them will leave sooner than expected – either by choice or otherwise – and may choose to retire completely in the current economic environment. Merrill Lynch, perhaps in response to both issues,…

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