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Money and Family Dynamic in Conflict

Money and Family Dynamic; Resolving Conflict

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When seeking to deal with conflict in family business, it is essential to understand the impact of the family dynamic on a business. 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. The triggers for those conflicts can be the smallest thing, because they are just the straw that breaks the camel’s…

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Snapshot conflict in family wealth

Snapshot; conflict in family wealth

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The conflicts that take place within wealthy families are often on display through the media as a result of their public profiles (and because people want to read about them). For outsiders, they can be hard to understand: What are they fighting about? Surely there is enough there for everyone? But in fact, wealthy families have all the same family issues as others: sibling rivalries, favouritism, jealousy, power struggles, and the search for identity. The…

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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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Transition or Plan B?

Transition or Plan B?

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Kenny Rogers sang of the importance of knowing “when to hold ’em, and when to fold ’em”. Any succession plan worth its salt isn’t just a plan of who will succeed whom in running the business. It also needs a “Plan B” for the scenarios where the chosen successor is unwilling or unable, where there is no successor, or where a generational transition of the business might lead to serious conflict. Some business founders/owners enjoy…

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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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80-20-rule

80/20 Rule and the Family Business

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A “universal truth” about the imbalance of inputs and outputs is what became known as the Pareto principle, or the 80/20 rule. While it doesn’t always come to be an exact 80/20 ratio, this imbalance is often seen in various business cases, Here we will address how not to sell a family business. 0% of all businesses do not sell, and only about 30% of family businesses get handed down to the next generation. If…

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The Flipside to Wealth

The Flipside to Wealth

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This is a difficult topic to broach, and needs to be done only in appropriate settings – indeed, that might be the most important message of this topic. After the story of BMW heiress Susanne Klatten went public, she was slammed on social media. Her personal challenges – the responsibility, self-doubt, and being targeted by scammers – are real. But it’s very hard for anyone brought up without wealth to have any sympathy (and often it’s the reverse), so seeking it from ‘outsiders’ is almost a waste of time.

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Unexpected Wealth by David Werdiger

Unexpected Wealth

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Coming into wealth suddenly – such as through inheritance or a windfall liquidity event of a family business – can carry serious risks. The rapid change in financial circumstance can lead to poor decision-making, a loss of perspective, and social isolation. It can lead to a dysfunctional relationship with money/wealth. In the case of inheritance, there can be mixed or conflicting emotions of loss and gain. It can be like winning the lottery, and research…

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