Matters Column

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


Estate valuation discounts soon could be at risk

October 21, 2016
If asked to name tax-related discussions in the news over the past few months, you would have a lot to cover. Read More

Price check on aisle three: Litigation over two cents?

October 14, 2016
Back in the 1970s, I was a “pre-law” political science major at Grand Valley State University. Read More

Don’t limit yourself to outdated and easy business practices

October 7, 2016
In this age of technology, people believe most questions can be answered. Read More

Comprehensive tax reform needed for more competitive system

September 30, 2016
In September, I had some business trips outside the United States. Read More

Honesty, integrity always are the best policies

September 23, 2016
If you are following the news regularly, you should be very concerned about the future of small business. Read More

Retirement strategies for the family business owner

September 16, 2016
Which type of business owner are you? Read More

Football and the First Amendment — who do we root for?

September 9, 2016
There is no denying the power of athletes to affect, inspire and even anger us. Read More

Best of times? Worst of times? Check the data

September 2, 2016
Most people would say that the first step in solving a problem is to define the issues. Read More

Young people face immense financial challenges

August 26, 2016
August is the month when back-to-school sales seem to be everywhere and when the excitement of returning to school intensifies. Read More

Do what you love — but as pastime or profession?

August 19, 2016
It is fun to watch someone take an idea that you entertained and make a successful enterprise out of it. If it is a good idea and you don’t act on it, someone else will. Read More