This can really hurt us, and our families when we embark on large planning that impacts the people in our business and personal lives.

A few examples…

  • Estate Planning
  • Buying, selling or transferring part of our business / intellectual property to another
  • Financial Planning
  • Real estate purchase or transfers
  • Divorce or separation
  • Retirement Asset Management

An example from 8 years ago: I was referred to a business owner in construction several years ago who owned several real estate properties here in NYC. His son was graduating college, and to give him a boost in his credit score and as a graduation gift, he transferred part of the ownership to his son. Four years later the son got married, and four years after that filed for divorce. The soon to be ex-wife now owns half of the son’s property (no pre-nup) and that property specifically housed one of the businesses. It was not a friendly divorce and caused major havoc on the business and stress to the other partner of the business. This business owner would have been best served by telling his CPA, Lawyer when gifting, when his son was getting married and when the marriage was slipping into dysfunction.

Because we (business owners) tend to be take charge kind of people, we do not often think through how our actions, though done at the time with great intentions, impact the people and assets in our life. All that we do is intertwined with our family, professionals, business partners, and assets. Keep this in mind, in all of your actions as these mistakes cause wasted time, money, resources, attention and stress for yourself and those who surround you…

See you next week for another mistake to avoid. Every Wednesday at * PM EST I have a teleseminar on Financial Planning Complimentary for Readers of the New York Enterprise report… Go to

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