Matters Column

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

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Successful transition planning: the future of a family business

August 28, 2015
According to the Family Firm Institute, only 30 percent of family businesses survive into the second generation, and by the third generation, only 12 percent remain viable. Read More

'Well, I wasn't under oath back in your office …’

August 21, 2015
"If your clients won't settle their case without a trial, then a trial is what we'll have. You all can go back to the courtroom. Let me put my robe on. And let the perjury begin!" Read More

Job descriptions: the foundation of human resources

August 14, 2015
Everyone knows a company must have job descriptions to have an organized human resources function. Read More

Uncompetitive provisions of tax code discussed by business leaders

August 7, 2015
This summer offered some nice distractions that diverted our attention from other events — perhaps for the better. Now it is time to get back to reality. Read More

European trip inspires comparisons of quality of life

July 31, 2015
My wife and I took a riverboat cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in June. Read More

Understanding a family’s impact on business value

July 24, 2015
Nearly all family businesses are created with the intention that the business will grow and be successful, generating value for its owners, employees and community, well beyond the lifespan of its founders. Read More

Michigan's no-fault insurance law and the out-of-state traveler

July 17, 2015
It is a Friday in mid-July, the type of summer day we dream about in February: sunshine, a cloudless sky, high-70 degree temperatures and no humidity. I am heading north on U.S. 131 at 5:30 p.m., ready to start my weekend. Read More

Steps toward removing someone from the management team

July 10, 2015
Anyone who has worked in human resources for any period knows staffing issues come in all sorts of shapes and forms. Read More

International trade and investment activities are here to stay

July 3, 2015
Over the 20 years I have contributed to this column, we have discussed the global economy and how businesses in West Michigan are impacted by trade and tax policy. Read More

Never pass up the opportunity to listen and learn

June 26, 2015
About six years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Read More