Let Us Be Your Guide to Financial Success
Our goal is to gain an understanding of where you are now and where you would like to be moving forward. As we get to know each other, we will develop a custom financial plan based on your needs. By our second or third meeting, our hope is that there is a mutual fit, and we can move forward in working together.
If for any reason you choose not to continue working with us, you are free to utilize your financial plan and implement on your own or with another advisor. There is no obligation to work with us and no cost associated with the creation of your financial plan.
What You Can Expect
From Our Wealth Management Process
As a prospective client our first interaction is the most important. The goal of our first meeting is to learn about one another and define the scope of our engagement, our services, and how we are compensated.
The first step to learning about your goals is asking questions. In this first visit, we will ask you questions such as the partial list below:
- “What are you trying to accomplish?”
- “What worries would you like to eliminate?”
- “How have you made financial decisions in the past?”
- “Do you have any children or loved ones that have special needs?”
After we’ve learned who YOU are, and we’ve discussed our services and compensation, we will begin to gather personal and financial data.
After we have defined our relationship, we roll up our sleeves and dive into the numbers. We gather information such as pension election options, social security, income, and expenses. During this process, we determine your personal and financial goals then prioritize them in order of importance. Once we have collected the data, we schedule a follow-up meeting so the team can evaluate and strategize BEFORE providing a recommendation. The most important data to gather includes:
- Account Statements: Banks, savings and loans and credit unions, mutual fund and brokerage firms, insurance companies, employer savings plans and retirement income sources.
- Tax Returns: Your most recent tax return.
- Estate Planning Documents: Trust, Will and Power of Attorney.
Once we’ve gathered your data, we strategize amongst ourselves and assess your current accounts and policies, looking closely for gaps or inconsistencies. We make sure to incorporate recent changes in the tax code and consider how your current or future holdings support the goals discussed previously.
At this stage, we will draft and present a financial plan specific to your personal situation including a thorough retirement income plan, if applicable. Our rationale will be explained so that you can make an informed decision. At this stage, we hope to receive your valuable feedback so that refinements to the plan can be made.
Upon your approval, our team will make any necessary investments and move forward with implementing the plan. This includes coordinating the process with you and other professionals such as accountants, attorneys, and insurance agents.
The final step in the wealth management process involves the ongoing monitoring of your portfolio, personal situation and life changes. Over time, we will ensure that your assets remain diversified and that your objectives stay on track. For the first year, we hope to meet with new clients no less than quarterly or more often as needed. This gives us the opportunity to continue learning about one another, to refine strategies based on changing circumstances, to reinforce philosophy, and strengthen our relationship. After the first year, we will reach out to you proactively to provide you with valuable reporting and recommendations. These meetings will occur, based on our mutual agreement, either quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.