Matters Column

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

ARTICLES

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

Three necessities for taking your business to the next level

February 13, 2015
Quarter 1 of calendar year 2015 has started and many businesses are hoping to accomplish everything they planned for during the next calendar year. Read More

Firing a malignant employee is a difficult but necessary chore

February 6, 2015
I hate to use a sports story to make a small business point, but this one is just too good to pass up. The Detroit Pistons have been one of the worst teams in the NBA for several years. Read More

Raising kids amidst family business success

January 30, 2015
The next generation of family business owners is required to be many things. They are expected to be smart — even smarter than their talented entrepreneurial parents. Read More

Marriages come and go, but divorce is often forever

January 23, 2015
Last Christmas Eve, I got a voicemail from my son Shamus asking if I knew of a divorce lawyer named Mr. Barnhart. Read More