How We Work
There are two sections to our work: financial planning and wealth management.
Financial Planning is the core of our work. The planning process and work product are similar in structure and function as your trial notebook.
Development of our notebook for you begins with our version of interrogatories.A general and less formal conversation of what you want to accomplish near-term and long-term, specific personal and business goals, family considerations and any special circumstances. The next step in our discovery process is collection of evidence or the numbers part of the process. Here we ask for account statements, certain financial information, maybe tax returns. This information is reviewed and evaluated to give us starting point for plan development.
We begin with one section of the most importance. Implementation steps are developed for that single section. Once successfully underway, we move to the next most important section. This process continues.
In some cases, personal circumstances change. We adjust the priority of the sections as needed to accommodate the changed circumstances. Assets may need to be re-allocated as well. The plan is a guide. The law evolves and changes over time as will the financial plan.
At the end of the planning process, the goal is that you will be better informed, more confident in your financial decisions and in control of your financial future.
Wealth management occurs after the financial plan is complete. Trying to properly evaluate investment and financial assets without a financial plan is like going to court without discovery. Evaluation of financial assets and resources let's us know the character, type, amount and purpose of existing assets. This helps us to know what is possible.
The financial plan will determine the type, allocation, amount and purpose of the assets needed to move toward your desired goals and achievements. Then we can begin the wealth management process.
How We get paid.
Financial planning follows a structure to produce the end result: functioning and useful plan to guide our decisions. Every plan will review and evaluate all the plan sections. Not all sections will apply to each person. Those which do not apply are discarded. The remaining sections are selected for action by level of importance to you.
Our planning fee structure is similar to the retainer fee model. The initial payment is $825 at the time of engagement. The remainder is in 11 monthly billings at $290.
The wealth management fee is for the evaluation of existing assets, structuring and selection of the specific investment assets and for the monitoring of the portfolio. The total fee is generally of three parts: the advisor fee, platform fee and management fee. The total fees will vary depending on the specific assets used, amount of the assets and the asset allocation. Generally, the total fee ranges from 1.35% to 1.60% annually on the total value of the assets.