Matters Column

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

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Choice of business entity requires customized approach

April 24, 2015
Looking at a business, one can’t necessarily determine its tax-reporting status. Read More

Hiring professional help: make you sure you get what you pay for

April 17, 2015
I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in Naples, Fla., with friends from high school. Read More

The missing piece: the family wealth counselor

April 10, 2015
Family business is one of life’s most exciting, challenging and rewarding endeavors. Read More

Making your mark: how to obtain and protect a trademark

April 3, 2015
A key component of the strategy of almost any business is branding: building a name or logo that consumers associate with your business. Read More

Knowledge is required for, but not a guarantee of, success

March 27, 2015
We are told from an early age that knowledge is the key to success: If we learn, we will achieve. If we set our sights high when establishing our goals and objectives and work hard to equip ourselves with the knowledge to accomplish our goals, great things will happen. Read More

IRS data and analysis of Form 1042-S filings of interest

March 20, 2015
Over the past year we have seen many reports on international taxation. From inversions to Double Irish tax structures, mainstream media has become interested in tax policy. Read More

Ignoring long-held, proven beliefs can be financially fatal

March 13, 2015
In 1559, King Henry II of France was mortally wounded in a jousting match outside of Paris. Read More

Creating a Family Constitution to avoid consternation

March 6, 2015
Most family businesses fail by the third generation, but few family business owners anticipate or acknowledge the risk of failure, according to data compiled by the Family Business Institute. Read More

Of courtroom capers, sanctions and squeezed babies

February 27, 2015
A lawyer friend, Brian, occasionally mentions the idea of "innocently" placing a colorful bag on his table during an opposing lawyer's final argument. Read More

Answer the door whenever opportunity knocks

February 20, 2015
When opportunity knocks, some seek to shift the blame, excusing themselves from any responsibility for the challenges life might place before them. Read More