Family Office

Is a Family Office Right for a HNWI?

You are a HNWI, but should you be part of a family office? Whether a High Net Worth Individual (HNWI) should be part of a family office depends on various factors, including the individual’s financial situation, goals, and preferences. A family office is a private organization that manages the financial and personal affairs of a wealthy family, typically offering services such as investment management, tax planning, estate planning, and philanthropic advising. Here are some considerations to help determine if joining or establishing a family office is appropriate for a HNWI:

Benefits of a Family Office:

  1. Customized Services: Family offices provide personalized and tailored financial services that align with the unique goals and values of the family.
  2. Comprehensive Wealth Management: A family office can offer integrated management of various financial aspects, including investments, estate planning, tax optimization, and philanthropy.
  3. Privacy and Control: A family office provides a higher level of privacy and control over financial matters, which can be especially important for HNWIs.
  4. Centralized Coordination: The family office acts as a central hub, coordinating various financial professionals and services, ensuring a cohesive strategy.
  5. Multigenerational Planning: A family office can assist in planning for the wealth’s transition to the next generation, helping to preserve the family’s legacy.


  1. Cost: Establishing or joining a family office can be expensive, as it involves hiring skilled professionals and setting up the infrastructure. HNWIs should assess whether the benefits outweigh the costs.
  2. Level of Wealth: The complexity of a family office may be better suited for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) who have substantial assets and complex financial needs.
  3. Desired Services: HNWIs should evaluate whether they require the range of services a family office provides or if specific services from financial advisors, accountants, and attorneys are sufficient.
  4. Time Commitment: Running or being part of a family office can require a significant time commitment, as decisions need to be made on various financial matters.
  5. Expertise and Resources: HNWIs should assess whether they have the expertise and resources to manage a family office effectively or if it’s more beneficial to rely on external professionals.
  6. Long-Term Vision: Family offices often involve long-term planning, so HNWIs should consider their vision for their wealth over multiple generations.
  7. In-House vs. Outsourced: Some HNWIs choose to establish their own single-family office (SFO), while others opt for joining a multi-family office (MFO) that serves multiple wealthy families. The decision depends on the desired level of customization and costs.

Most commentary suggests that it is important for HNWIs to carefully weigh these considerations and consult with financial advisors, legal experts, and other professionals who can provide guidance based on their specific circumstances. We agree. Whether to be part of a family office is a significant decision that should align with the individual’s financial goals, values, and overall wealth management strategy.

Our attorneys aim to help in that decision and thereafter.