“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”

-George Santayana

Publications

From One Generation to the Next: Can the Family Business Survive?

From One Generation to the Next: Can the Family Business Survive? A Case for “Professionlization” of the Family-Owned and Managed Firm by William Bellet, Ph.D. (Article originally appearing in the Nashville Business Journal) Is the family owned and managed enterprise a dying breed? Who really cares? The fact is, we should all be very concerned with…

Family Meetings: Replacing Informality with Structure

Family Meetings Replacing Informality With Structure To Enhance Family Harmony And Business Success by William Bellet, Ph.D. Family businesses may be best characterized as organizations with overlapping and often opposing interests, priorities, systems and values: those of the business and those of the family. The ambiguity and stress that results from meeting the needs of both family…

Top Ten Attributes of Tennessee Trust Law

THE TENNESSEE ADVANTAGE TOP TEN ATTRIBUTES OF TENNESSEE TRUST LAW Asset Protection Trusts. Tennessee’s statute is ranked 3rd best in the U.S.* Dynasty Trusts. Tennessee trusts can be protected from creditors, predators and taxes for 360 years. Tennessee’s climate for Dynasty Trusts is ranked 3rd best in the U.S.* Community Property Trusts. Tennessee is one…