Ownership & Leadership Transition

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 more complex and difficult to resolve than in a non-family business. A family business constitution is one way to address ...

Passing the Baton: Lessons Learned

Posted by Bill Weigand

How Long Is Too Long for a CEO?

Posted by Andrew Steen

Can I Leave My Family Business to a Minor Child?

Posted by Keith Baldwin & G. Matthew Loftin

Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in 6 Generations

Posted by Margaret Vining

Success Requires Buy-In From The Incumbent Generation

Posted by Joseph Weinstein

Governance & Business Operations

Joshua Green Corporation: Nominee for Family Business Legacy Award by Seattle Business Magazine

Congratulations to our client Joshua Green Corporation on being nominated for the 2017 Family Business Legacy Award by Seattle Business Magazine. Davis Wright has had the honor of representing the Joshua Green Corporation for over 25 years. Joshua Green Corporation had its beginnings in Washington State in the 1890s. It was actively ...

Tax Reform – Good or Bad for Family-Owned Businesses?

Posted by Bill Weigand

Sibling Rivalries: Turning Competition into Collaboration When it Comes to the Family Business

Posted by Gabriela López

Future Proofing Boards of Directors for Family Businesses

Posted by Jose Hernandez

To Sell or Not to Sell Your Business? That is NOT the Question

Posted by Bill Weigand & Brian Whitaker

What “Arrested Development” Teaches the Family Business

Posted by Keith Baldwin

Estate Planning

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 strategy, one must consider the goals of the family, the underlying assets of the family and gift, estate, generation-skipping and ...

IRS and Treasury Department to Withdraw Proposed Tax Regulations Curbing Valuation Discounts

Posted by G. Matthew Loftin

Tips for Harmonious Joint Family Ownership of Vacation Properties

Posted by Dana Reid

Tribal Estate Planning: Nuance and Consequence

Posted by Andrew Steen

Be Careful with Living Trusts that Own S Corporation Stock

Posted by Doug Lloyd

Succession & Estate Planning Fundamentals for Business Owners

Posted by Davis Wright Tremaine

Growth & Exit Strategies

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 to make it to the big leagues, an initial public offering (IPO) as its succession planning tool, though unusual, may ...

ESOP: An Exit Strategy

Posted by Amy Hwang

Retirement is Coming: How to Broker Your Throne Away

Posted by Keith Baldwin

Mezzanine Financing for Family-Owned Businesses

Posted by Ashley Brown

New Ideas for Old School Companies

Posted by Mark Johnson

Event Recap: The 12 Most Common Mistakes to Avoid in Selling Your Business

Posted by Ashley Brown

Beyond Business

Upcoming: Henningsen Cold Storage: The challenges of leadership transition

What are the opportunities and pitfalls with leadership succession in a family business? Join Mike Henningsen Jr., President & Chairman of the Board; Paul Henningsen, Chief Operating Officer; Tony Lucarelli, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing; and Pat Green, board member and estate and business planning lawyer, to discuss successful and ...

Joe Weinstein is the “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Business Law in Seattle

Posted by Davis Wright Tremaine

Newest Travel Ban: The Intersection of “Family” and “Business” Relationships

Posted by Keith Baldwin

Upcoming: Financing Succession in the Family Business

Posted by Davis Wright Tremaine

Event Recap: No Longer Just a Matter of Taste: Strategic Innovation in the Food Industry

Posted by Ashley Brown

Upcoming: Passing The Baton: Transitions In Family Business

Posted by Joseph Weinstein


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 – one that is fairly described as one of the most generous in the nation. While employers and employees won’t be ...

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

Posted by Ashley Brown

Social media research reveals insights for retaining top talent.

Posted by Kennard Noyes

Harder to Let Go?

Posted by Andrew Steen

The Cowles Company

Posted by Joseph Weinstein

Does “Hobby Lobby” Apply to My Family Business?

Posted by Andrew Steen