Matters Column

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


Family meetings: identifying exactly who is in the room

April 29, 2016
Everyone has that odd uncle who shows up at family events and creates awkwardly memorable situations. Read More

Contractors ought to take notice of construction liens

April 22, 2016
West Michigan's building boom continues. In Grand Rapids, each month seems to provide a new medical building to the north of the Center City area or a new office tower to the south. Read More

Employee attraction, retention and engagement, Part 2

April 15, 2016
In our last article we explained the ARE acronym: Attraction, Retention and Engagement — critical elements in managing employees. Read More

The United States is losing the battle in tax competiveness

April 8, 2016
Tax day will be upon us within days. This year it is April 18, due to a government holiday in Washington, D.C. Read More

Beyond owning a small business: finding what feeds your soul

April 1, 2016
I just learned that a man I have had a long relationship with, Phil Biggs, is still playing in the local band Mid-Life Crisis. Read More

Avoiding potential deadlocks in your family-owned business

March 25, 2016
A deadlock in a business can occur when two owners, or groups of owners, are evenly split and can’t agree on a course of action. Read More

Same-sex marriage and the equitable parent doctrine

March 18, 2016
Suppose two women are married in Canada and have a child by artificial insemination. Read More

Employees ARE: the process of attracting, retaining and engaging

March 11, 2016
Last year articles began to appear on a regular basis about a shortage of qualified employees. Read More

Tax footnote of financial statements reveal important information

March 4, 2016
The last week of February, a news report said Pfizer reportedly would save $35 billion in taxes by virtue of its announced plans to merge with Allergan. Read More

Analyzing your company financials: Don’t kill the messenger

February 26, 2016
What is reality? It is whatever you think it is. Read More