Matters Column

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


Justice, like beauty, often lies in the eye of the beholder

April 18, 2014
Odd things happen in courtrooms — which is one more reason to wish that spring break vacations in Clearwater Beach, Fla., could last longer than they do. Read More

Where have all the leaders gone? Look in the mirror

April 11, 2014
Our world needs strong, unwavering leadership more than ever. Read More

Expanding internationally: Slow and steady wins the race

April 4, 2014
This past winter, I had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with a contributor to Forbes and with on international business tax issues. Read More

People’s core values predict what can be expected from them

March 28, 2014
Predictability: It’s almost never found — not in the weather, stock market, government, or almost any other facet of life. Read More

Income tax changes and the family business owner

March 21, 2014
Last year ushered in many changes on the tax front resulting from the American Taxpayer Relief Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read More

‘Rip Van Winkle’ agency inserts itself into non-union world

March 14, 2014
Unions made the news recently when an expensive UAW effort to organize employees at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant failed to result in a win for the union. Read More

Overcoming first impressions and misconceptions

March 7, 2014
When working with people, our first impressions often influence the way we respond to and react with them. Read More

Tangible property regulations impact businesses

February 28, 2014
Businesses make purchases of assets on a regular basis. Tax depreciation and other incentives assist businesses that make such purchases. Read More

Education and culture critical to a successful community

February 21, 2014
My college education was Jesuit at the University of Detroit. Read More

Does your key supplier have a succession plan?

February 14, 2014
"Hello Jake, I hate to tell you this but we can't ship your order this week. One of our key suppliers is holding us up." Read More