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Beyond The Balance Sheet Podcast

Dec 1, 2021

James Hughes, a resident of Aspen, Colorado, is the author of Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family and Family – The Compact Among Generations. First, Mr. Hughes speaks about family governance and explains why families need it. He also discusses the work he has done as an advisor to high-net-worth clients, and what are some of his favorite resources to share for his clients. Tune in as we talk about the four functions needed for the human community to prosper and how power plays a role in family dynamics.




  • [02:05] What is family governance and do all families need it? 
  • [07:00] How families have been rediscovering themselves during the pandemic. 
  • [10:35] Mr. Hughes speaks about navigating his work as an advisor to families. 
  • [15:15] Working with high-net-worth families, Mr. Hughes recommends his favorite resources. 
  • [21:00] The four functions needed for the human community to prosper.




  • The pandemic has asked people to actually get to know each other again. 
  • Do you know how your family learns? That’s something you need to figure out so you can grow and flourish together. 
  • Families can prepare themselves to wake up if they know how each other learns. 
  • All relationships are relationships that involve power. Find ways to use your power together. 







Power and Love



Mr. Hughes, a resident of Aspen, Colorado, is the author of Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family, and of Family – The Compact Among Generations, both published by Bloomberg Press, and is the co–author with Susan Massenzio and Keith Whitaker of The Cycle of the Gift: Family Wealth and Wisdom, The Voice of the Rising Generation, and Complete Faith Wealth, all published by John Wiley & Sons and is a co-author with Hartley Goldstone and Keith Whitaker of Family Trusts: A Guide to Trustees, Beneficiaries, Advisors and Protectors". In addition, he has written numerous articles on family governance and wealth preservation and a series of Reflections which can be found on his website 

He was the founder of a law partnership in New York City specializing in the representation of private clients throughout the world and is now retired from the active practice of law. Mr. Hughes was a partner of the law firms of Coudert Brothers and Jones Day. 

He is a current active Fellow of Wise Counsel Research Foundation ( a Boston based think tank providing qualitative advice to families who seek to avoid the shirt sleeves proverb and to help their  families flourish.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of Arlington Partners; the Chair Emeritus of Lineage Private Trust Company, a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute, a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners, a founding member of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing, a Laureate of the Purposeful Planning Institute, and a Founding Advisor to the Sino-American Family Office Foundation.

He has spoken frequently at numerous international and domestic symposia on the avoidance of the shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves proverb and on the dynamic growth of families’ human, intellectual, social, spiritual and financial capitals toward their families’ flourishing.

He has authored various Forwards to multiple published works on families and their flourishing and has been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and various professional journals.

He is a member of boards of various private trust companies, an advisor to numerous investment institutions, and a member of a number of private philanthropic boards. He is a graduate of the Far Brook School, which teaches through the Arts, The Pingry School, Princeton University and The Columbia School of Law. He is a counselor to the Family Office Exchange and recipient of its Founder’s Award, the recipient of the Private Asset Management Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ackerman Institute Family Partner Award, and the Wealth Management Lifetime Achievement Award.