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The big tribute to good fortune offers a chance to reflect on the growing divide between the haves and have-nots

Bruce DeBoskey provokes our thinking about Thanksgiving, challenging us to quiet introspection about ourselves and those less fortunate.

Family discussions, both systematic and spontaneous, can help achieve clarity and competence in carrying out the wishes in a trust.

Talking can lead to clarity -- clarity about what we want, what we expect, and what's happening. And it can shed light for gaining consensus as well as the necessary competence.

In Dan Felix's...

On-Boarding the Trustee
Dan Felix wraps up his series on Successful Trust Administration. Part 3 brings us useful waypoints for onboarding the trustee.
Foundation in Family Dynamics
Dan Felix bring us part 2 of his series on Successful Trust Administration. Dan always raises interesting questions about things most of us have never considered.
What is Successful Administration? and Legal Considerations
Contributing author Dan Felix begins a new three part series on successful trust administration. Part I sets the stage by reviewing the various components that contribute to the successful operation of a trust.

Author Bruce DeBoskey brings evidence that family philanthropy is a key to inter-generational continuity.

A Few Other Regularly Appearing Polarities in the Trustscape
Part 4 of Dan Felix's Polarity thinking series takes us to less common but important occurences of the subject at hand.

Contributing author Bruce DeBoskey reflects back on his past five years of writing to highlight his estimation of "best practices" in planned giving.

Tom Hubler continues and completes his discussion on forgiveness in family business.
23 Jun 2015 | Values-Based | National Publication, Thomas M. Hubler | Article | 1 comments
Tom Hubler continues his examination on emotions in family businesses. His thoughts on forgiveness continue here.
4 Jun 2015 | Values-Based | National Publication, Thomas M. Hubler | Article | 2 comments
A family business advisor shares his personal story

Author Tom Hubler continues his exploration of emotions in business, this time examining "Gratitude".

The Core Polarity in the Trustscape: Balancing the Trust Creator's Wishes and the Needs of the Beneficiaries
Dan Felix continues his exploration of "polarity thinking" as it applies to trusts. This installment discusses the need to balance the beneficiaries' needs with the grantor's wishes.
A Brief Introduction to Polarity Thinking
Contributing author Dan Felix broaches the new topic of Polarity Thinking and applies it to the trust environment. As you'll see, it will certainly open the eyes of charitable trustees as well.
Tom Hubler continues his fascinating series on emotions in the family business by focusing on gratitude.
Tom Hubler continues his series on emotions in family business, by focusing on compassion.

Thomas Hubler discusses how forgiveness can better your family business and our world.

Randy Fox interviews Rod Zeeb
Rod Zeeb previews his Advisors in Philanthropy talk on how to "create" philanthropists within the family by offering a new and different conversation about giving.
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Define: Values-Based

Values-based financial and estate planning refers to that component of an individual's financial and estate plan that incorporates the personal values they possess. In the context of charitable gift planning, whereas traditional estate planning desires to minimize wealth transfer taxes and maximize the financial value of assets passing to heirs, values-based planning attempts to maximize the financial, social, and spiritual value of assets: financially, by reducing taxes and increasing cash flow; socially, by earmarking principal to fulfill a social need; and spiritually by knowing the estate-owner has done something with their estate that reflects their own individuality, humanity, and personal values.

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