Matters Column

A weekly column on matters concerning legal, money, small business, family business and people issues.


Succession planning: the first step to transferring ownership

October 2, 2015
It is no secret the odds are stacked against closely held business owners when it comes to successfully transitioning their businesses from one generation to the next. Read More

Big changes are coming to Michigan's garnishment laws

September 25, 2015
On Oct. 1, 2015, thanks to recent changes in the law, there will be several big changes to Michigan's periodic garnishment process. Read More

Change never stops: Do you embrace it or resist it?

September 18, 2015
What exactly are we talking about when we discuss change? Read More

Reflections on the status of social security retirement benefits

September 11, 2015
The recent weeks brought some rollercoaster results with respect to the equity markets. Read More

Do you run your business like a game of solitaire?

September 4, 2015
I frequently use solitaire as a way to relieve tension or to pass time when I need a break. Read More

Successful transition planning: the future of a family business

August 28, 2015
According to the Family Firm Institute, only 30 percent of family businesses survive into the second generation, and by the third generation, only 12 percent remain viable. Read More

'Well, I wasn't under oath back in your office …’

August 21, 2015
"If your clients won't settle their case without a trial, then a trial is what we'll have. You all can go back to the courtroom. Let me put my robe on. And let the perjury begin!" Read More

Job descriptions: the foundation of human resources

August 14, 2015
Everyone knows a company must have job descriptions to have an organized human resources function. Read More

Uncompetitive provisions of tax code discussed by business leaders

August 7, 2015
This summer offered some nice distractions that diverted our attention from other events — perhaps for the better. Now it is time to get back to reality. Read More

European trip inspires comparisons of quality of life

July 31, 2015
My wife and I took a riverboat cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in June. Read More