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Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family--How Family Members and Their Advisers Preserve Human, Intellectual, and Financial Assets for Generations, 2nd, Revised and Expanded Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-88487-4
256 pages
May 2010
Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family--How Family Members and Their Advisers Preserve Human, Intellectual, and Financial Assets for Generations, 2nd, Revised and Expanded Edition (0470884878) cover image
The landmark book that changed the way exceptional families think about their heritage, their wealth, and their legacy to future generations--now revised and expanded.

Every family, looking at the next generation, hopes to confer advantages that are more than just material and financial--to inculcate character and leadership, to inspire creativity and enterprise, to help all family members find and follow their individual callings, and to avoid the financial dependency and loss of initiative that can all too often be an unwanted consequence of financial success. Yet many families never succeed in realizing that vision, much less sustaining it for three, four, or five generations and beyond.

James Hughes has thought deeply about these challenges, and his insights are at once practical and profound. For more than three decades, he has personally guided multiple generations of families in creating strategies to preserve their human and intellectual capital as well as their financial assets. His teachings synthesize insights from psychology, anthropology, political history, philosophy, economic theory, and the law, with examples ranging from Aristotle to cutting-edge social science theory. His ideas have been taken up by numerous exceptional families, by their advisers, and by scores of authors, practitioners, and academics who have found value in the methods he pioneered.

The first edition of this book, privately published, became a word-of-mouth classic. Now, Hughes has updated and substantially expanded it with new chapters that challenge conventional notions of wealth and offer guidelines for conserving family assets in the broadest senses. Filled with tested principles and practices for family governance and joint decision making, it is a rich source of workable wisdom that family members can put into practice today, to the enduring benefit and gratitude of future generations.
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Introduction.

Part One: My Philosophy.

1 Long-Term Wealth Preservation as a Question of Family Governance.

Part Two: Family Practices.

2 The Family Mission Statement.

3 Ritual.

4 The Family Balance Sheet and Family Income Statement.

5 Investor Allocation.

6 Two Important Practices.

7 The Family Bank.

8 Protectors, Advisers, Mentors, and Hommes d’Affaires.

Part Three: Roles and Responsibilities.

9 Control Without Ownership.

10 Beneficiaries.

11 Trustees.

12 Family Philanthropy.

13 Evaluating the Next Generation.

14 Peer Review.

15 The Private Trust Company.

Part Four: Reflections.

16 The Role of Aunts and Uncles.

17 The Art and Practice of Mentorship.

18 The Role of Elders.

19 The Trustee as Mentor.

20 The Trustee as Regent.

21 Unexpected Consequences of a Perpetual Trust.

Epilogue.

Bibliography.

Index.

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James E. "Jay" Hughes Jr. is of counsel at Day, Berry & Howard and author of many influential articles on family governance and wealth preservation. He is renowned for facilitating multigenerational family meetings with an emphasis on mission statements and governance issues. In addition, Hughes has spoken frequently at numerous international and domestic symposia on estate and trust planning.
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"Family Wealth is a brilliant case statement for the importance of the nurturing of character, of self-confidence, and of respect for the value of work. . . . A must-read."
—H. Peter Karoff
Founder and Chairman, The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc.

"Essential reading for insightful families."
—Sara S. Hamilton
Founder and CEO, Family Office Exchange, LLC

"Jay Hughes's work with families, including his own, gave him the gift of learning the history of many, many families. Within that context he has written a book that illuminates previously only dimly lit concepts."
—Charlotte B. Beyer
Founder and CEO, Institute for Private Investors (IPI)

"An approach to wealth preservation that values not only money but people. Hughes shows us why that approach matters and how it works for the family that wants a better future for itself and the world at large."
—Peter White
Managing Director, Family Advisory Practice, Citigroup Private Bank

"Invaluable direction . . . an essential guide for the creation of legacy families."
—Lee Hausner, PhD
Author of Children of Paradise: Successful Parenting for Prosperous Families
Partner of IFF Advisors, LLC

"Incredibly provocative, thoughtful . . . a must-read for those we call 'patriarchs' and 'matriarchs,' their key intermediaries, all trustees and beneficiaries, and everyone who aspires to earn the title 'trusted adviser.'"
—Michael J. A. Smith
Head of Wealth with Responsibility Program,
U.S. Private Wealth Management, Deutsche Bank

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