Our Process

With all the changes going on in your life, your goals, your family, your business, and even the world, it is important we know where you ARE today before we know where you want to GO tomorrow.   Working together, we create a custom financial roadmap to help get you from where you are today, to where you want to be in the future.  And we do it well.  We follow the personalized planning process to ensure that you have the highest level of customized support to help meet YOUR goals, on YOUR time frame, in a manner that YOU are comfortable with.  We love working with our clients and helping them achieve their goals and dreams and we look forward to helping you with yours as well! 

Step 1:  Initial meeting to get to know each other 

Through an initial complimentary consultation, we work together to determine if we might be a good fit for a financial planning relationship.  We give you an overview of our process and capabilities, answering any questions you may have.  We spend most of our time seeking to understand your general financial goals, needs and questions.  In a nutshell, we want to know where you're at, how you got there, and where you'd like to go.  The scope of our collaborative work may be a comprehensive or focused financial plan, or we may work specifically in the area of investment or risk management strategies; it may involve individual, a couple, family, multi-generational or business planning.  If we mutually agree on the scope of a financial planning relationship, we move to the next step in the process.

Step 2:  Gather information to understand your present situation and goals

At this point, we'll seek to obtain as much quantitative and qualitative information as necessary.  We'll need to gather various statements and documents.  More importantly, we'll specifically identify your financial goals in the areas of education planning, retirement planning, estate planning or other requested areas.  Understanding your time frame for various goals and your attitudes toward risk are crucial to developing strategies tailored to your needs, priorities and preferences.

Step 3:  Analyze and evaluate your information

We use state-of-the-art technology and a variety of analytical tools to evaluate your financial picture.  We perform an asset allocation analysis of your investment portfolios with a review of the various holdings and full review of your various policies.  We identify the strengths and weaknesses of your financial situation, and where you stand with respect to your financial goals given your current course of action.

Step 4:  Developing your personalized strategy

Based on our analysis, we develop recommendations in the context of selected alternative scenarios and propose strategies and solutions to assist you in reaching your financial goals.  We'll collaborate with you to confirm planning assumptions and get a sense of your thoughts about various strategies along the way.

Step 5:  Implementing your financial solutions and strategies*

We work with you to determine how to appropriately implement each aspect of your financial plan.  This may involve collaboration with other financial professionals you currently engage (i.e. CPA, attorney) or recommending appropriate financial professionals to you if desired.  As a comprehensive financial services firm, we have the ability to use a wide array of providers and solutions to implement your investment, risk management, and estate and business planning strategies.

Step 6:  Monitoring your financial plan on an ongoing basis

We'll continue to monitor the appropriate areas of your financial plan and your progress over time, in accordance with the scope of our relationship.  We'll look to make updates as changes occur in your personal life or in the market overall, taking advantage of new strategies and solutions that may come available over time.  As we may change the scope of our relationship or need to make updates over time, we will most certainly revisit the other steps again.

*Financial plan recommendations can be implemented with the advisor of your choosing. Implementation of specific products or services may result in commissions or fees outside of the financial planning fee. Periodic reviews of your financial plan may require a new planning agreement and result in additional fees.