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The Other Reasons For Estate Planning

  Good discussion of incentive trust planning: Many subjects that serve as substantial planning motivators aren’t found on client questionnaires and are frequently absent from planning discussions. Source: The Other Reasons For Estate Planning (Well actually, we...

Independence Is Not Just for Young Advisors

  So how does someone determine if he is “too old” to make independence work? It really comes down to a few key characteristics shared by those advisors who took the leap: They really wanted it. They believed in their ability to migrate clients and grow. They had...

Life Insurance: It Was Never Just About Taxes

  This article raises important points — plan for the long-term and don’t let taxes direct the planning over more important goals — plus it’s a good review of the many benefits of life insurance. But as I’ve previously noted, the...

Six Things Family-Owned Firms Should Know About Succession Planning

  Among the chief goals of succession planning is providing continuity of management and minimizing the tax costs of transferring property interests to new generations.Source: Six Things Family-Owned Firms Should Know About Succession...

International Investors and California: Roundtripping | California CEO Magazine

  For international investors who want to thrive in the California lifestyle, they face three different issues: immigration status, business investment and tax planning. For these clients, I recommend they consider “Roundtripping”, (i.e., they invest in a CA...

‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holiday’? Your response says a lot about your politics, study says

Merry Christmas: Two-thirds of Democrats (66 percent) said stores or business should greet customers with “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas” out of respect for people of different faiths. Two-thirds of Republicans (67 percent) said...

#AssetProtection: How “Gamification”’ Can Improve Family Education and Engagement

  Family businesses spend an extraordinary amount of time and capital (financial, human and intellectual) on skill building and education within the family system. Rising members of the family system must master many different skills. Some of these skills can be...

#AssetProtection: When Family Conflict Threatens the Business

When conflict arises between family and business goals, the natural inclination to minimize it can lead to a pattern of dysfunctional communication and greater conflict. The common practice of triangulation rarely leads to resolution of underlying issues and can be...

#AssetProtection: The Nine Types of Private Equity

You’re likely familiar with the basics of private equity investing: PE funds invest in private companies and other assets with the aim of later selling their stakes at a profit, typically after five to seven years. The term “private equity” encompasses a wide variety...

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