Ownership & Leadership Transition

Family Owned Businesses and Our National Economy

Family-owned businesses continue to dominate our economy, but they also continue to struggle with issues of succession. SCORE, a nationwide non-profit organization that provides business mentoring, just completed a survey ...

Six Best Practices for Family Leadership

Stephen Campbell, Managing Director and Head of the North America Family Office Group at Citi Private Bank, recently authored a post about successfully navigating the generational transfer of leadership in ...

How to Survive Transition Shock in a Family Business

Otis Baskin, a consultant of the Family Business Consulting Group, recently authored a post in Family Business Magazine, reiterating the importance or preparation and planning in family business success. Mr. ...

The Family Business Constitution

Family businesses are complicated, and the roles that family members play in them usually evolve from non-planned events and circumstances. When conflicts arise in a family business, they are often ...

Passing the Baton: Lessons Learned

On May 16, 2017, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP hosted 85 owners and managers of family-owned businesses at the latest edition of our Family Business Legacy Series.  Mike Garvey, the co-founder ...

Governance & Business Operations

Top Ten Pitfalls Under Buy-Sell Agreements

If your family business has or anticipates having more than one owner, you need a Buy‑Sell Agreement. A Buy-Sell Agreement governs the terms and conditions under which ownership interests in ...

New Association Health Plans & Washington Businesses

One challenge for all employers – and in particular family-owned businesses with less than one-hundred employees – is making available affordable health care options. Association health plans aggregate the purchasing ...

Disconnecting Data Drama: Tips on Compliance

Talk about data compliance and privacy, or the lack thereof, has been in the headlines in major ways recently. Between companies testifying in front of legislators about their handling of ...

Changes to Partnership Audit Rules: What You Need to Know

While many of us were preoccupied with the sweeping “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” passed into law in December 2017, a less publicized change in tax law went into effect ...

Stocks in Family Business: Voting or Non-Voting?

It is not uncommon these days to see family-owned businesses with two classes of stock. Typically, one class has both voting and economic rights; the other class has only economic ...

Estate Planning

The Importance of Planning Ahead for Succession of a Family Business with Active and Inactive Family Participants

You have spent a substantial portion of your life building or continuing a successful family business, and you have some children (or other family members) who are active in the ...

Let ILITs Pick up the Tab – Trusts That Protect Your Interest in the Family Business

It is common that one of the largest assets in a family business owner’s estate is his or her interest in the family business. This situation can be problematic because ...

This Time Is Different: You Really Do Need to Update Your Will and Durable Power of Attorney

With the advent of higher exemptions with respect to the Federal Gift, Estate, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax passed last December (referred to as the 2017 Tax Act), it really is ...

Don’t Leave Contaminated Real Property to Your Kids — A Toxic Legacy!

We invite your review of the linked article from Bloomberg BNA’s Environmental Due Diligence Guide Report™. There are dangers inherent in leaving your heirs real property that may have been contaminated ...

Estate Planning Strategies Driven by Interest Rates

There are a number of estate planning strategies that work well to move assets in an efficient manner from one generation to another within a family. In evaluating any such ...

Growth & Exit Strategies

Family Businesses and Tech – Leveling the Playing Field

There is a belief that family businesses are behind the curve when it comes to embracing new technology in the company structure. In a 2016 family business survey, 37 percent ...

Should a Family Business Consider an IPO as an Exit Strategy?

There are a multitude of ways to realize ownership transition–some simple, some complex, some a safe bet and some full of risks. For the ambitious, successful family-owned company that wants ...

ESOP: An Exit Strategy

One way for business owners to transition their ownership to their employees and to receive liquidity for their shares is through the creation of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). ...

Retirement is Coming: How to Broker Your Throne Away

We’ve all heard the chatter (or read about it in this blog). The owners of family businesses need to start thinking about their exit strategy. To put it in perspective, ...

Mezzanine Financing for Family-Owned Businesses

On June 6, 2017, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP hosted the latest edition of our Family Business Study Group, where David Levine of Prudential Capital Group and Hugh Campbell of Cascadia ...

Employment

She’s Right for the Job – Women in Family Business

Family businesses are increasingly encouraging women. Of family businesses surveyed, almost 60 percent have women in top management positions and over 30 percent list a female as the next successor. ...

Paid Family Leave in Washington: What You Need to Know

On July 5, 2017 Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Washington’s new paid family and medical leave measure, making Washington the fifth state to create a paid family leave program ...

What Family Businesses Should Know about Washington’s New Paid Family Medical Leave Law

On July 5, 2017, Washington State joined a handful of states mandating paid family and medical leave. The new leave program, to be funded by employer and employee premiums, will ...

Social media research reveals insights for retaining top talent.

Successful companies depend on finding and retaining talented employees. Attrition, on the other hand, is expensive. A constantly revolving door means more money and time spent training new employees, makes ...

Harder to Let Go?

Family-owned businesses have a hard time letting go of underperforming employees – harder than other businesses might.  At least this is the thesis of Wayne Rivers of the Family Business ...

Beyond Business

Bringing the Heat

On June 26, 2018, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP hosted representatives of a prominent Northwest family-owned business at the latest edition of our Family Business Legacy Series. Jenni Isaak, Rick Robinson, ...

Do Well By Doing Good – Family Businesses and Philanthropy

Family business legacy planning involves many considerations, such as training, timing, and transferring of interests. Another component of this planning should entail the long-term vision of philanthropic goals for future ...

Upcoming: Bringing the Heat – 76 Years of Employee and Family Alignment

Hotstart was established in Spokane, Washington in 1942 as Kimberlin Manufacturing, the company was originally owned and managed by Wayne Kimberlin, a former school bus driver who developed a unique ...

Families, Fiduciaries and Firearms: Estate Administration and Distribution of Firearms in the State of Washington

The ownership of firearms has been a topic of much debate and scrutiny in recent months. As a part of this national conversation, it is important for gun owners (and ...

DWT Hosted Two Prominent Seattle-Based Family Business Events in February

This February, Davis Wright Tremaine has hosted two family business events featuring prominent Seattle-based family businesses. On February 6th, Harbor Wholesale Foods was featured at a family business legacy series. Mike ...
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