At its core, financial planning seeks to answer the question, how am I doing?
There are six steps to the Financial Planning Process:
1. Establishing and Defining the client-planner relationship
2. Gathering client data including goals
3. Analyzing and evaluating the client's current financial status
4. Developing and presenting recommendations and/or alternatives
5. Implementing the recommendations
6. Monitoring the recommendations.
In order to complete these six steps, there are several integral disciplines at work in the financial planning process:
Often the largest impact can be made by carefully plotting the tax impact of decision making over time. Structuring the timing of events in order to take advantage of the tax code can have a dramatic effect on long-term results. Opportunity exists for those who have the foresight to plan ahead. Planning for large, one-time events, or everyday tax planning, are both impactful components of the financial planning process.
Planning for a future in which we are not present is not always the easiest topic to cover. We provide options and give clients the information they need to make decisions that are representative of their goals and values. Generational wealth transfer and dynasty planning are topics ripe for in-depth planning and analysis. We can assist with a blueprint for estate planning so that clients can meet with an attorney with a plan already in mind.
Paying for education has come to represent an ever larger proportion of the allocation of our clients resources. We can help with choosing the right savings vehicle, whether it's a 529 account, Prepaid College Plan, Coverdale ESA, or standard brokerage account. We offer to outline the differences to assist in making an informed decision. We can calculate a safe savings rate to reach a reasonable target for college and put a plan in motion. We can discuss the impact that these strategies have on financial aid and strategize for the requirements of the FAFSA filing.
We do not sell insurance, but we provide objective advice about how much and what type of insurance you may need. We offer to perform a needs analysis for disability and life insurance to determine the need, if any, for insurance. We view insurance as a tool, not necessarily an investment, and we want to empower our clients to ask the questions necessary of their insurance professional to make an informed decision.
Special Needs Planning
We strive to be flexible in providing advice to clients whose circumstances require special attention and an open minded approach to problem solving.