family business matters

Intellectual Property and the Succession Planning Process

By Tom Hubler, Executive Consultant

Over the past 30 years as a family business consultant, I have come across many differences that have eroded family relationships. One involved Uncle Joe and his nephew, Bruce, as they were going through a painful succession planning process. In addition to the typical family business issues of ownership, estate and leadership, they were grappling with matters related to family history and intellectual property.

History played a part in the situation in that when Bruce was 10 years old, both of his parents died in a plane crash. Bruce’s sister went to live with another uncle, and Bruce and his brother, Pat, came to live with Uncle Joe, his wife, Nancy and their children – two boys and a girl. The cousins were all about the same age, with Bruce being the oldest and Pat in between the two boys. It was an abrupt change for Uncle Joe’s family, but everyone did their part to make Bruce and Pat feel welcomed and part of the family. Even though all of the kids were cousins, they felt and acted like siblings. Joe and Nancy became quasi parents to Bruce and Pat.

At the time of the plane crash, Joe was involved in a construction business with his two brothers. Their working relationship was not good. As a result, Joe eventually split off and started his own construction business. As Joe’s two biological sons grew up and graduated from college, they came into their father’s business. From the beginning, the sons and their father had issues... MORE

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