Business Ownership comes in three flavors

Jason ShrenskyBusiness Ownership, Stewardship

Typically, the main factor that drives a family to pursue a formal wealth¬†stewardship plan is the complexity associated with the family’s ownership interest in private business entities. At first glance, the complexity is not obvious. Why is owning equity (shares, stock, membership interests, etc.) in a private business any different or more complex than owning a house or a car? … Read More

Does your family have a ‘Business Continuity’ plan?

Jason ShrenskyFamily Wealth, Stewardship

In the life cycle of a company, there comes a moment when management steps back and assesses the risks facing business operations. Invariably, one of the topics raised during this assessment is business continuity. The discussion almost always starts like this: “what if [enter catastrophic disaster scenario here] happens, how would our business be able to continue?” Often, this discussion … Read More

Who is the steward of your family’s wealth?

Jason ShrenskyFamily Wealth, Stewardship

At Complex Interests, we spend a lot of time explaining what stewardship is and why it is a vital component in the preservation of family wealth. In all of this analysis, one theme that should become clear is that stewardship is not that valuable as a concept; it is only truly valuable as a practice. For a family to successfully … Read More

What Complex Interests is not

Jason ShrenskyFamily Wealth, Stewardship

Historically, family wealth software options have generally fallen into two buckets: investment reporting software, and accounting software. Let’s examine the role of each in the management of complex family wealth. Investment Reporting Software Imagine that you manage investments for a high-net-worth family. There are probably three questions that are top of mind to you and the family: How are we … Read More

What is a family office?

Ryan FelpsFamily Wealth

A typical middle class family in the United States has need for financial and legal advice but probably doesn’t need to form a family office. That family may engage the services of an accountant, an attorney, and a financial / investment advisor. It is likely the time spent by all of these advisors would not exceed 30 hours in any … Read More

What is a “Concern” in the context of Stewardship of Family Wealth

Jason ShrenskyFamily Wealth, Stewardship

When we discuss stewardship of family wealth, the question often arises “so, this is all about tracking investments?” The answer is emphatically “no!” Rather, stewardship involves tracking the important legal and financial relationships that impact (or have the potential to impact) the family. When we boil down “important legal and financial relationship” to one word, the word we arrive at … Read More