The Family Meeting Series: Discussion of a Shared Value – Gratitude
Gratitude – What a powerful yet simple thing in our lives; to have a mindset of gratitude – We can all benefit from a continued effort to master it. Experts have concluded that it is vital for a happy life and a healthy family. It’s a wonderful value to share within a family. In the past, I have written articles about Family Legacy Development for families with significant wealth. Family Legacy Development is vital if a family wishes to preserve…
Family Values: A Critical Component of Family Legacy Planning
There are many things to consider when families invest their time, emotions, and effort into the development, success, and sustainability of their family legacy. Please reference my previous articles: Preserving Family Wealth is a Generational Effort; Begin the Journey of Developing a Family Legacy with a Family Retreat; Family Legacy Development: The Anatomy and Importance of Family Meetings. There are many elements that contribute to the family dynamics which may help unify the family, or create roadblocks that members will…
Family Legacy Development: The Anatomy and Importance of Family Meetings
The expected wealth transfer from the baby boomer generation to the millennial generation is expected to be massive. According to a 2019 article from the “Business Insider”, the Great Wealth Transfer will see an estimated $68 trillion passed down from boomers over the next 30 years.
Begin the Journey of Developing a Family Legacy with a Family Retreat
In my previous article, “Preserving Family Wealth is a Generational Effort,” I mentioned that “Wealth equals capital, which equals potential (Wealth = Capital = Potential).” In other words, a healthier way to view family wealth, is to view it as capital that can be applied in a way that maximizes the well-being, purpose, love, productivity, family unity, and the positive impact the family can have on the community and causes that are near and dear to them. These attributes are capitalized on when a Family Legacy focuses on the three forms of family wealth (or capital), which are financial capital, human capital, and intellectual capital.
Preserving Family Wealth is a Generational Effort
Wealth within a family can be a double edged sword. It can serve as an incredible resource to benefit its family members, but it can also be destructive and divisive. Destructive in the sense that if not properly tended to and respected, wealth can destroy the purpose and outcomes of individual family members, and divisive in the sense that it can damage the bond between family members and cause a splintering of the family.
Welcome to the Family Fortunes Blog- The desire of informing clientele and other interested readers with the latest thoughts on managing and protecting family wealth and the family business, has fueled my motivation to create this blog. There are many variables within tax laws, financial markets, family dynamics, managing a business, legal matters, and life in general, that can affect the value and stability of wealth within the family. It makes sense to research and write about the timely issues…
Creating an “Ethical Will” As Part of Your Family Legacy Development
Many affluent individuals and families are becoming more and more familiar with the concept of passing on wishes and instructions to loved ones in the form of a written document or a video recording. Several years ago, a movie titled “The Ultimate Gift,” was based on this concept, where James Garner was the character who had passed away, communicated his instructions and requirements on a video tape to the youngest family heir. It was a very effective tool in the…
Steven E. Zeller
Steven Zeller is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, Certified Exit Planner, practicing Wealth Advisor, and serves clients nationwide. He has over 24 years of experience within his profession. READ MORE
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I write about the latest thoughts and topics that impact high net worth families, individuals, and business owners. The building and sustainability of family wealth and a business is an exciting journey, and I have a passion to help them along the way to grow and thrive.
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