Family Matters On Line


Family Matters On Line



Family Matters On Line has been created with the help and input of dozens of independent experts from around the world. We all have vast experience with matters that are important for families worldwide. Family Matters is committed to making our collective experience freely available to anyone looking for ideas and solutions for their important family matters.

Together, we provide help through our short articles on various topics. Our goal is to answer questions that families have about matters such as planning and protecting their estate, running and transferring their family business, and organizing medical proxies and emergency measures.

These days, many people are worried and ask themselves questions like, “Who is my family, and what should each of them receive and when?” “Should we prepare and train the next generation to take responsibility for the business?” and “How should we organize our family, and what if something happens to one of us?”

Family matters now more than ever, and families need answers. So, we will help because everyone matters.


The editor Philip van Hilten


Family Matters

Over time, families tend to grow and so do their assets if they are well-planned and managed. The older generation will eventually have to hand over control of their estate, and the new heads of the family must be identified, groomed, and accepted. This process takes time and effort, especially since the rest of the family must accept and support the new leaders. This raises questions such as “What do we tell those who will not have leadership roles? What role, information, and influence should non-leaders have?”

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This website shares practical answers and experiences about this process. It also provides brief explanations of suitable and flexible structures, such as Foundations, Trusts, and Waqf, to manage and finance the family, its assets, and its philanthropy.

Suggestions are given for secure estate and safe tax planning, and the ways in which families can be organized and governed for example through family offices and with the help of family governance through documents such as a family charter with the relevant core family values, culture and understandings within the family. These and many more topics with which families are often confronted, are covered.

Many authors have addressed issues related to people moving from one country to another and the risks and opportunities that come with it.