As fee-only financial planners we give you the confidence of a clear path to financial security and advice to navigate the opportunities and bumps life throws your way. It’s your call whether you need a complete plan or just advice to deal with specific challenges or opportunities. We are certified financial planners who specialize in financial planning for individuals, married couples, gay couples and domestic partners.
We want you to be one of the 20% of Americans who are confident they'll achieve their financial goals!
We are proud to be one of the few independent fee-only, hourly financial planners serving St. Petersburg and Tampa area communities with services to help with these needs:
Sometimes called a Comprehensive Financial Plan. A look at all aspects of your financial health as needed: cash flow/saving assessment, debt management, investment planning, college planning, income tax planning, real estate assessment including income property, insurance planning, estate planning, social security maximization & retirement planning accompanied by free advice following presentation for approximately 30 days plus a free monthly email question opportunity for one year along with an end of one year follow up meeting.
A retirement planning engagement includes a data gathering session, two hours of in office interactive planning, development of your personal financial snapshot, your money style profile, a risk sensitivity evaluation, a personalized spending and investment plan with alternate scenarios for retiring or semi-retirement at different date and different “what ifs”, planning recommendations, and an action plan discussed during the presentation meeting. An annual Financial Check Up is recommended.
Are you wondering if the advice you are getting or product being pitch to you are appropriate and that you really know all the costs? A second opinion can give you piece of mind and some alternatives to consider.
A typical Investment Analysis includes a review of your current investments, an evaluation of your risk sensitivity, development of an Investment Policy Statement covering asset allocation and account location strategies, investment education materials, and recommended portfolio changes summarized in an action plan. The analysis is presented during an in office meeting unless you request documents only. To address outstanding questions your Investment Analysis includes one hour of phone/email follow up. An annual Investment Analysis is recommended. Quarterly investment monitoring is available upon request.
Domestic Partner couples tend to be higher income earning individuals with a bright financial picture. A common question is: Once we have money, where do we put it, so that it will benefit our situation in both the short-term and long-term? Retirement planning is one of the most difficult areas. What do you do if your partner has a pension but his company doesn’t recognize survivor benefits for domestic partners? What happens if your partner passes away with a substantial 401k or IRA? Will the taxes due or withdrawal choices destroy your plan? A solid plan will protect you and help you achieve your goals.
This analysis includes a comprehensive review of your 1040 tax return for specific tax planning and savings opportunities. Tax planning is also available as a overlay on all other planning modules.
Develop a strategy to pay down your debt and reduce the interest being paid. A smart strategy can save you thousands of dollars and greatly reduce your stress.
What should you have in savings? What should you allocate to debt payment vs. retirement and other goals? We can help you find the balance and coach you on to success.
Don’t let a poor decision in one of these areas derail your financial security. We can help you think through all your options and their short and long-term impact.
We will review your current insurance policies and areas in which you choose not to insure. In depth policy evaluation and recommendation is available through outside licensed insurance experts. The Risk Management review also includes a life, disability, and/or long term care insurance needs analysis.
Review of basic estate planning documents, discussion of legacy desires and implementation strategies, charitable giving and gifting strategies.
If you are not exactly sure of what you’re looking for, select an option below and we’ll see how we can help.
What is Hourly, Fee-Only Financial Planning?
Only 1% of financial advisors offer this. Hourly means you can utilize our services for as much or as little as you need, like you would any other professional service. No surprises! Our financial planning fees are clearly stated upfront. Fee-only means we are not compensated by sales commissions so our advice is not influenced by, or limited to, any particular financial products. We are a proud member of the Garrett Planning Network (GPN). GPN is an international network of financial planners who offer their services on a fee-only, hourly basis so that objective financial advice is available for people from all walks of life.
Is Your Financial Advisor a Fiduciary?
Unlike other financial advisors who sell products for commissions, we provide our clients with objective advice in their best interest. Many “financial advisors” do not have the obligation to provide advice that is in your best interest. We believe that you should expect the advice you’re receiving to be objective. Is your financial advisor a fiduciary?
Our goal is to help you gain create a personal financial future of real freedom by taking the drudgery and complexity out of financial planning.
There are six steps to creating a financial plan. Through our work we strive to bring a sense of confidence and clarity to your financial planning process. With a practical, achievable financial plan in place, the energy spent worrying about your finances can be redirected into other areas in your work and your life.
If you would like to find out more, schedule a complimentary 30-minute get-acquainted meeting (in-person or by phone) with Maria Erickson at 727-527-0565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. It’s the first step attaining the confidence and peace of mind that comes with knowing the direction you are headed in will help you achieve your goals. That’s Freedom.