afhe’s mission is to be the leading resource for the on-going advancement, collaboration and education of practicing attorneys and other professionals who provide intra-disciplinary counsel to family-held enterprises.

The Leading Source of Intra-Disciplinary Counsel

"The afhe annual conference consistently provides the most relevant, quality programs of any event I've been to. I'd attend even if there was no CLE credit offered." --|-- "Programing was wonderful. Disappointed a few years ago about programing has really been upgraded. Will attend more often." --|-- "The meeting gets to the issues that are at the heart of good service to the family enterprises we serve." --|-- "The only way to understand value of a afhe conference is to attend and then look back a year later and see how it has changed your awareness and your professional engagements." --|-- "afhe continues to provide excellent educational and networking opportunities." --|-- "afhe continues to be my favorite conference and professional networking event." --|-- "Best content ever, great speakers" --|-- "Maybe the best afhe conference so far. Very substantive all the way across." --|-- "afhe has a unique conference focusing on great family business ideas." --|-- "Every year afhe conferences get better and better. I highly recommend attending afhe's conference if you have an interest in a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach relating to family enterprises." --|-- "This year's afhe conference was outstanding again. The depth of experience and practical steps learned from afhe's conference is unmatched. The true sense of openly sharing, collaboration and welcoming atmosphere is better than so many other conferences."


On Wednesday, April 6, the Department of Labor released the final version of its highly anticipated “fiduciary rule.” The final rule is the culmination of six years of study, commentary and revisions after the rule was initially proposed in October of 2010 (later withdrawn) and released again on April 20, 2015. The essence of the rule—to subject more advisers of employee benefit plan participants to the fiduciary standards of ERISA—remains unchanged from the 2015 proposal, but the Department of Labor made several key concessions to ease the burden on advisers.

More information is located HERE (PDF)


2015 – Annual Conference Golf Outing Pics

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Published Articles.

 What Is AFHE (PDF)
Founded in Arizona in March of 1994, afhe began when four attorneys and members of the American Bar Association decided to fill a gap with a cross disciplinary group of professionals focused on family businesses.

AFHE 2015 Annual Meeting Advertisement in Family Business Magazine

Family Business Magazine Advertisement

AFHE 2014 Midyear Conference
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Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises (afhe) Celebrates 20 Years of Supporting Family Businesses
An article in the Chicago Tribune

Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises (afhe) Celebrates 20 Years of Supporting Family Businesses - Press Kit 2014-2015 (PDF)

(Hoffman Estates, IL) December 1, 2014 – Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, Inc. (afhe), a non-profit association of attorneys and other professionals who provide multi-disciplinary counsel to family-owned businesses, is celebrating its 20th year anniversary with the largest membership in history, thanks to an increase of over forty percent in 2014 alone.

Working in Sync; It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach - CASE STUDY February 2015 (PDF)

“We are extremely happy with our collaboration with The Center for Association Resources,” states Hawthorne. “The Center developed a plan that helps us serve numerous clients and bring us into the view of more organizations. afhe is now providing greater value and more programming to Its members while also providing greater value to afhe’s sponsors.”

Pitfalls of Accounting for Family-Held enterprises
by Michael Hawthorne
An article in the Daily Herald Business Ledger



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