We call it the "EPIC" process. It isn't long, but we put it to work for you.E - Explore and FIT Meeting (Complimentary)It's free! How can you say "no" to free? We will get to know you and your family. You will get to know our philosophy and strategy. There are usually a lot of questions. Bring them on! When can I retire?How do I save for college?How do all of my accounts fit in to a plan?How do I manage Social Security?What am I missing?Are my investments on track?Together, we will explore whether your needs and goals are a fit for the services we provide. We understand: sometimes it's a match, sometimes it isn't. Sometimes, you're ready to move quickly. Other times, you need more time to think. We are not here to build up our numbers; we are here to build relationships and service your wealth management needs.It's okay and you should ask. What are your fees? It depends, but generally we are compensated from 3 main ones:Flat fee financial planningInvestment portfolio fee-basedHourly financial adviceP - Planning MeetingIt's nuts and bolts time. We will lay out your current status, where you are lacking and where you can enhance or adjust. We aren't brewing coffee, but we'll propose a personalized "blend" of assets that are based on your life stage and risk tolerance. We talk about it. Uncomfortable, with "hazelnut" in your coffee, let's switch out to "cinnamon." Ask any questions you like.Our philosophy is to: Invest according to the client's goals, understand the job of each investment, use diversification to manage risk and adjust the portfolio when appropriate.I - Implementation MeetingProcrastination doesn't live here. Time to implement. You might have some tasks to accomplish, but our team will handle most of it.C - Continual ReviewsWe schedule meetings (in office or by phone) with our clients throughout the year. Frankly though, we talk with some clients every few weeks and some only bi-annually. You will be great at telling us what you need. The Strategic and Tactical Review incorporates:Family UpdatesOccupational ChangesRecreational Goals and PlansNet Worth ReviewRetirement Income PlanningProactive Tax PlanningInsurance ReviewCharitable PlanningPortfolio AdjustmentsBeneficiary ReviewEstate Plan ReviewThe economic environment and your life changes, so your "blend" may need to change with it.*There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or out-perform a non-diversified portfolio. Diversification does not protect against market risk.You Might Also Like...Our site is filled with educational videos, articles, and slideshows designed to help you learn more. As you search our site, send me a note regarding any questions you may have about any particular investment concepts or products. We'll get back to you quickly with a thoughtful answer. Measuring the Value of a Financial AdvisorEver wonder what the real value of a financial advisor is? It’s not just added portfolio returns. A Decision Not Made Is Still a DecisionInvestors who put off important investment decisions may face potential consequence to their future financial security.