Matters Column

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

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Have you formed a personal mission statement?

December 12, 2014
Every organization must have a mission — a vision, a reason for “being.” Read More

New report addresses concerns about large retirement accounts

December 5, 2014
Recent stock market gains have improved the status of our retirement account balances, and more than the account owners have taken notice of the asset value increases. Read More

It’s time to figure out where you are and where you want to be

November 28, 2014
In a month, it will be 2015. The books will be closed on 2014 and the process will begin as your tax liabilities will be determined come April 15. Read More

Tax changes affect family business, but there’s still time to plan

November 21, 2014
For most of us (or perhaps all of us), writing checks to the IRS does not make our Top Ten list of things we look forward to. Read More

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