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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 New Zealand Law Society about two different perspectives on information disclosures for family trust beneficiaries. 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/practice-resources/practice-areas/trusts/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…

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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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Family Business During Crisis

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During a crisis, having a family business can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, there are often family elders with experience in overcoming previous recessions, support from the family unit, and the fact that family businesses tend to be more risk averse and therefore in a better position to weather the storm. But some of those very attributes can also manifest as weaknesses. For example, family businesses have a concern for a wide range…

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Family Values under COVID-19 Pressure by David Werdiger

Family Values Under COVID-19 Pressure

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Imagine this scenario: a family owns an operating business, with a non-family member as CEO. In response to COVID-19, the CEO takes the necessary actions to ensure the business’s survival. That might mean cutting staff, closing stores, or putting harsh terms on suppliers/customers. The business is stabilised and able to return to a stable footing through the crisis. But something is amiss – there is a discomfort among family members about some of the specific…

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Family Governance

Family governance: why? when?

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When family wealth is controlled or owned by a single person (usually the wealth creator), things are simple. But at some point, the wealth will likely pass to more than one person – the wealth creator’s children. In respect of the family wealth, the members of the family are bound together through three circles of involvement: family, business and ownership. That adds a huge degree of complexity, as no decision gets made in isolation. Strong…

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Entrepreneurial Legacy

Entrepreneurial Legacy

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Most wealth is created through entrepreneurship: taking a risk to start a business, and growing that business. Some families with generationally “old” money (i.e. more than 3-4 generations removed from the wealth creator) may have their family wealth in passive assets, and the entrepreneurial spirit that created it is long gone from memory, sometimes irretrievably lost. For families that hold (or acquire) operating assets, it’s important to maintain that entrepreneurial spirit in subsequent generations, but…

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Family Business Advisor

What Advice do you Need?

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When it comes to advisors, I have two simple rules: Get good advisors Listen to them Family advisors need additional skills because they must work with the various members or governance structures of a family, and key people & structures may change with time. They need to know about communication, in order to help the family members themselves communicate well. They need to understand family dynamics, and get to know the ins and outs of…

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How to Avoid the Impact of Social Distancing by David Werdiger

How to Avoid the Impact of #SocialDistancing

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With many people forced into #remotework and/or #shelterinplace, it is essential to understand the impact of the family dynamic on a business. Besides the obvious space and time-management issues, conflict in family business happens differently, therefore must be resolved differently. Disputes within a family don’t escalate suddenly. They are often built on years of relationship sentiment that is latent or suppressed. With the current #pandemic the triggers for those conflicts can easily be fast-tracked and…

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Is Your Business Sale-Ready? by David Werdiger; Family Wealth Report - Wealth Briefing

How Sale-Ready Is Your Business? Three Essential Steps

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For a business founder, their ”investment” in the business is multi-dimensional: financial and emotional. Selling the business isn’t just an event, it’s a journey. So argues the author of this article, an author, advisor and figure in the wealth management industry. There is a lot of commentary at the moment about business owners selling and transferring what they have built. It is an emotional and challenging process and the field is littered with stories of…

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