Collaborative Law: Resolving Disputes, Without Burning Bridges

Overcome Conflict with Legal Representation but Without Going to Court By R. Paul Faxon, JD, Senior Consultant In our litigious society, many people think first of going to court to resolve their disputes. But “lawyering up” doesn’t have to mean “going to war” and...

Harmonize Through Conflict in Family Business

“We don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note. Only notes that are different can harmonize. The same is true with people.”  Steve Goodier All enterprising families experience conflict, and how to handle conflict is a top concern for family...

Planning a Successful Career Path for Family Employees

Family Member Employment Strategies Family employees can be a double-edged sword for the family business. They often display profound commitment to the enterprise, but if their employment does not work out for one reason or another it can be enormously disruptive to...

Positive Prenup: 5 Topics to Protect Your Partnership

Getting a couple to talk about divorce when they are just embarking on marriage can be a tough sell to someone planning a wedding. For couples entering a partnership with comparable assets, a prenuptial agreement. aka prenup, is rarely contentious. But when there is...

Setting New Year’s Intentions for the Family Business

For many of us—especially those in family business—picture perfect get-togethers are far from reality. Even if holiday times are full of precious moments, they often enhance stress, especially when you are dealing with the built-in conflict of family business. So how...

Getting a Grip on Conflict, pt. 2: Managing Systemic Conflict

In our last blog post, we looked at why conflict in family enterprise is often so extreme and intractable– because conflict is inherent in family enterprise, with all of its overlapping systems (ownership, business, family, and governance.) In a family business...
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