Matters Column

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

ARTICLES

Got a small job? Hire an appropriately sized firm

January 20, 2017
What should you expect when you buy someone's time? Read More

Keep that resolution; create your best year ever

January 13, 2017
More than 200 million Americans made New Year’s resolutions this month and, yet, only 8 percent will keep them. Read More

Six days in court — almost as fun as a Christmas Party

January 6, 2017
I missed the office Christmas party. Read More

Protecting the family business from fraud

December 30, 2016
“It happened to me.” Read More

Trump, death and taxes: 2017 and beyond

December 23, 2016
As some readers may have noticed, we recently had a national election. Read More

Family business strategic plan development

December 16, 2016
Having a good strategic plan can be instrumental to the long-term health of the organization — a statement often made by business experts. Read More

History suggests tax legislation is coming

December 9, 2016
The dust has started to settle following the elections Nov. 8. Read More

Find the sweet spot to maximize profit

December 2, 2016
The first thought that comes to mind when you say CPA in December to a small business owner is tax planning — absolutely necessary and needs to be done. Read More

Proposed business discount eliminations will not be finalized in 2016

November 25, 2016
Sprinkled among the political thunder and lightning we’ve tried to escape this year is a proposal to change tax rules affecting transfers of ownership of family businesses. Read More

Courtroom results — as certain as presidential elections

November 18, 2016
Long ago, after we had lost a $1.9 million verdict, the lawyer who hired me at the firm where I still work sat next to me in a bar and said, “Well, Bill, if you try a lot of lawsuits, you're going to lose from time to time.” Read More