Matters Column

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

ARTICLES

When it’s time for change, do it the right way

April 20, 2018
What is it that raises the topic of change? Read More

The physics behind trade policies and taxes

April 13, 2018

High school was many years ago for most of us. Reunions seem to come up more often as the time flies by.

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Whiz Kids jump-started my distrust of large companies

April 6, 2018

I bought a book that gathered dust on my bookshelf for at least five years.

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Growth amid regulation: how to avoid unanticipated consequences

March 30, 2018

Longevity, stability and growth. These three words describe family-owned businesses in West Michigan.

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The role of business in today’s ever-changing society

March 23, 2018
When people talk about work, they typically start with a brief discussion of what they do and the name of that job. Read More

Tax reform offers savings opportunities for businesses

March 16, 2018
We live in an age of instant news and information. The availability of 24-hour cable news, social media, the internet, in addition to traditional information sources, has allowed more access to information than at any other time in history. Read More

Remember to put your business mistakes into perspective

March 9, 2018
On Feb. 14, Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson made a mistake. Peterson resigned about a week later after an investigation found he failed to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a gunman killed 17 students and staff members at the Florida high school. Read More

Millennials in the workforce: Do family businesses need to worry?

March 2, 2018
Research on family business has mostly focused on succession, estate planning, family dynamics and governance. Read More

Retirement: What’s it all about and how should you prepare for it?

February 23, 2018
Most people look forward to retirement with both anticipation and anxiety. In most instances, they have thought about it a lot. Read More

Estate planning: better done sooner rather than later

February 9, 2018
The new year is off and running at full speed. I often comment about taxes in some fashion. This month, I am going to take a break from being in the weeds on taxes and spend some time on a topic that probably has application to many, if not all of us. Read More