Learn about how our financial planners follow a 5-step process to help you with investment management, financial planning, and more.
Financial Plans Bring Peace and Calm
Our financial planners guide our clients through the infinite maze of investments, taxes, budgeting, saving, estate planning, college planning, all types of insurance questions, and other planning issues. Our financial planners bring different areas of expertise to our team, and each have each built reputations as experts for their particular clientele. We follow a five-step financial planning process.
At our initial meeting, lasting no longer than 80 minutes, we ask insightful questions and establish your comfort level with our expertise. We show you we care. We have an honest and poignant conversation about money and its meaning for you. We examine your current situation, how you got here, your goals and plans for the future. We learn about the risks and/or opportunities you have in your life, who else may already be advising you, and what you’d like to see in a financial planning experience. If we both agree there is a mutual fit, we’ll meet again, free of charge.
Investment Plan Meeting
At our second meeting, usually less than an hour, we present our prognosis of your financial situation. We make sure you know what we’ve listened to you, and we clarify any questions we may still have for you. We present our recommendations for bridging any gaps between where you are and where you want to be. The investment plan meeting includes a brief but comprehensive financial overview which you take home with you. Again, if we both agree there is a mutual fit, we meet again, free of charge.
Mutual Commitment Meeting
At our mutual commitment meeting, we make a shared decision about whether our firm can add substantial value to your life, and whether we should proceed. We effect the paperwork to begin professional management of your wealth. We make a fiduciary commitment to helping you to achieve everything that is most important to you and your family. We introduce you to our Client Care Team who may be helping you along the journey. And then we get to work, communicating with you every step of the way.
45-day Follow-up Meeting
When you have multiple investment accounts, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with paperwork. At this meeting, we help you organize all the paperwork and, to the greatest extent possible, go paperless. On the other hand, a few of our clients prefer paper and we allow this too! We present our Family Financial Album, one of the greatest gifts our clients receive, and one you can share with your family and friends (for free!). We answer all your questions so that you understand exactly what is happening with your wealth.
Regular Progress Review
At a Regular Progress Review, which we schedule at intervals, times and locations convenient to you, we review any changes in your personal or financial situation since we last met. If necessary, we make any changes in your accounts. We review your overall progress towards reaching your long-term goals. We present and discuss an Advanced Financial Plan, created just for you. In one page, you will see how our experienced financial planners simplify the complexities of your life and give you the confidence to become who you were meant to be! We will have already met with our expert team, including a CPA, attorney, insurance, banker and/or other expert appropriate for your particular situation. At this meeting, we prioritize the actionable recommendations for you. We answer any and all of your questions and schedule our next meeting.
Our clients enjoy more than just personal attention from an experienced, competent financial planner. Additionally, we offer personalized financial planning technology so you can check in whenever it is convenient for you. Available on the internet, and in the app store, we provide access to your plans and your investments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We teach you how to use the technology during Regular Progress Reviews. Some folks prefer to see all the details, and spend hours poring over our incredibly powerful, award-winning software! Others prefer a conversation—along with an easy-to-understand visual image. We personalize our technology for you, in a way that makes sense for you.