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Family wealth is about much more than money. Families face complex concerns and challenges.
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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



Building a Successful Succession Plan

Transitions in business leadership are inevitable – planning early can help you avoid conflict down the road.



Kevin M. Harris

Kevin M. Harris

Managing Director, Family Business Group
Kevin has extensive experience in income, gift and estate tax planning as well as the administration, management and governance of closely held business entities.

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