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The Legacy Family … A Family For The Generations Presented by Lee Hausner, Ph.D. Douglas K. Freeman, J.D., LL.M.

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PowerPoint PresentationPresented by Lee Hausner, Ph.D.
Douglas K. Freeman, J.D., LL.M.
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Aesop, 6th Century B.C.
Legacy Families are families who remain productive
and contributive four to five generations past the original wealth creator.
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The Members of Legacy Families Demonstrate:
Capacity… they add value to society Competency… they have skills and education Connection… they feel connected to their ancestors and their descendants Compassion… they are generous of their time, talent and treasure
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25%
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29%
29%
29%
32%
32%
36%
43%
50%
54%
*six to ten on a ten point scale
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• The “business” of the business • The “business” of the family
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Balanced deposits in the four capital accounts of: – Human capital – Intellectual capital – Social capital – Financial capital
Legacy Families Focus On…
Legacy Families Enjoy and Celebrate…
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Legacy Families Enjoy and Celebrate…
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• Accountability • Heritage and traditions • Expressed gratitude • Fun and laughter
Legacy Families Enjoy and Celebrate…
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How much is enough? How do I keep wealth from poisoning worth?
I want to leave to my children “enough money so that they would feel they could do
anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.” Warren Buffet, Fortune Magazine, September 29, 1986.
Legacy Families Ask & Resolve Questions, Such As…
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If there were no estate tax, would you leave all your wealth to your
children?
“Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money.” Neil Simon
Wealth Planning Focuses On Such Questions As…
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• What do I want for my children? My grandchildren? • What do they want for themselves? • How do I provide tools vs. toys, empowerment vs. entitlement?
Legacy Families Ask & Resolve Questions, Such As…
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• What opportunities has the next generation been given for
collaboration in decision making? • How will the family empower each member to achieve their dreams? • Will my child or grandchild become a “trust fund junkie”?
Legacy Families Ask & Resolve Questions, Such As…
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• How am I contributing to making the world a better place? • What important lessons do I wish to teach future generations? • How am I preparing the next generation for responsibly managing
assets they may inherit?
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• Are “fair” and “equal” the same? • Are family members who are in the family business entitled to a
greater share of ownership? • Have family business policies been clearly articulated and
documented?
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• Does your estate plan reinforce core values or just shift money? • Will the plan encourage dependence and indolence or achievement
and productivity? • Has or should the plan be discussed with your adult children?
Wealth Planning Focuses On Such Questions As…
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• Are your chosen trustees qualified and prepared for – The financial responsibilities? – The emotional responsibilities? – The time required?
• Are your wishes and intentions clearly documented? • Will your choice of trustees help to bind or disrupt your family?
Wealth Planning Focuses On Such Questions As…
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resolution • Wealth plan – allocating resources, creating opportunity; rewarding
effort, managing expectations
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College Home Incentive
Tools Utilized by Legacy Families
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• Family business policy handbook • Generational governance structures such as:
– Family council or assembly – Family advisory board – Family board of directors – Trustees
Tools Utilized by Legacy Families
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Final Thoughts How you leave your wealth is as much a reflection of who you are as
how you earned it, and likely to be remembered a lot longer.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don't much care where…” said Alice. “Then it doesn't matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
Excerpt from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice and the Cheshire Cat, 1869, by Sir John Tenniel
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The Legacy Family: The Definitive Guide to Creating a Successful Multigenerational Family
By: Lee Hausner and Douglas K. Freeman Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2009)
Available on Amazon.com
“In union there is strength”
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Legacy Families Understand…
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Tools Utilized by Legacy Families
Legacy Family Use of Inherited Wealth
Tools Utilized by Legacy Families
Tools Utilized by Legacy Families
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