Matters Column

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

ARTICLES

Does an individual have the right to be forgotten?

November 14, 2014
I am thankful to have grown up before the advent of the Internet. Read More

Introverts have traits that make them excellent leaders

November 7, 2014
Some would suggest that a person must be an extrovert to be a good leader — that to be followed, a person must be heard clearly and frequently. Read More

Making taxes competitive and enhancing to economic growth

October 31, 2014
I was on an international flight returning home to Grand Rapids recently when I pondered our U.S. history and how some items have changed and others have not. Read More

Lifeboat ethics: Know where your politicians stand

October 24, 2014
Have you ever heard of Joshua Wong? Read More

Family-owned businesses need family meetings

October 17, 2014
Research tells us there are three key factors for the perpetuation of a family-owned business: having a strategic plan for the business, using a board that includes outside directors, and holding family meetings. Read More

Tempting the legal finger of fate: no winners here

October 10, 2014
Last week, after a long day in downtown Grand Rapids, I aimed my car toward U.S. 131 south, hoping to cover the 13-mile drive home in the usual 21 minutes, give or take 60 seconds. Read More

We cannot achieve if we do not believe success is possible

October 3, 2014
There are many reasons we fail to live up to our full potential, but the most common of them are often tied to inappropriate or unexpressed goals, inadequate or unstated expectations, and a lack of accountability. Read More

IRA owners' investment decisions may have tax risks

September 26, 2014
Washington is fond of studies and reports. Read More

Not preparing for the inevitable has predictable results

September 19, 2014
You should put on shingles before it starts raining: I heard that when I was a kid. Recently, I did not follow that simple adage. Read More

Exit strategies for a family business owner

September 12, 2014
The manager of a family business who is considering retirement often has four goals: paying as little in taxes as possible, keeping the business in the family, treating heirs fairly, and ensuring competent successor management. Read More