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Corporate Trustee Services

Family Education and Governance Advisory

Bringing your family together in conversation to create a shared vision of wealth.

    The Northern Trust Institute

    Explore wealth strategies that are informed by research, grounded in real-world outcomes and tailored to you.

      Balance family members’ needs with what’s strategically best for your family’s business

      Family dynamics, leadership transition, asset valuations, estate and income tax considerations, liquidity needs and governance concerns are just a few of the issues that come to the forefront when a family business owner dies. Northern Trust can act as a trustee or personal representative to help your family navigate through a difficult transition period and assure your intentions are faithfully carried out.


      Working with you and your other advisors, we take a holistic approach to accurately assess how we can best serve you. We provide management and strategic solutions for closely held entities of all types: corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

      • Ongoing monitoring and oversight
      • Performance and transition management
      • Valuations
      • Entity and/or tax conversions
      • Assistance in the sale of business entities or interests (where applicable)
      • Serve as officers/directors when necessary



      5 Components of a Successful Succession Plan

      Help your business thrive through a succession plan



      Kevin M. Harris

      Kevin M. Harris

      Managing Director, Family Business Group
      Kevin M. Harris is a Senior Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. He is the Managing Director of the Family Business Group.

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