Jean D. Sifleet, Esq., CPA is the head of the Business Practice Group law firm. With her extensive business background, Jean provides practical, outcome-focused advice to business owners. Jean is the author of numerous articles and several books, including: “Beyond 401(k)s for Small Business Owners” (Wiley 2004) and “Advantage IP – Profit from Your Great Ideas” (Infinity 2006). By working with Jean and her colleagues, owners of privately held companies receive a broad range of services – from business formation through ownership transition – with an emphasis on implementing smart business practices to avoid problems, and using legal strategies to protect their interests. Jean has extensive experience with corporate, contract, intellectual property (including copyrights, trademarks, and licensing), employment and business succession (exit) planning. She is interviewed here by QRCA VIEWS Business Matters Editor, Kay Corry Aubrey.