As a fiduciary, we have a legal obligation to act in the best interest of our clients. One of the ways we enforce that standard is by being a Fee-Only firm. This is much different than a Fee Based firm. By Fee-Only, it means we only get compensated by our clients. We don’t make commissions from anyone else. We don’t make money when we help clients decide on life insurance. We don’t make money when we help clients work with an estate planning attorney. We don’t make money off any the investments that we put clients in. The idea is to eliminate conflicts of interest, so that we are sure that we are acting in the best interest of our clients. Beyond this philosophy, our fee structure really depends on the services we are providing and the amount of liquid assets that we are incorporating into your life plan. This fee can range from .35% up to 1.15% of assets where we are adding value.
If you are interested in working with TFA. You can expect us to take you through a three meeting process that will provide you with something of value, whether you decide to become a client or not. Below is a quick outline on how we will work with you:
1. Discovery Meeting – TFA will spend time with you asking questions to learn as much as we can about your goals, values and life plan. We are looking for areas where TFA may be able to add value.
2. Plan Presentation Meeting – A dedicated CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) will walk you through our planning analysis to give you an understanding of how we work with you to make decisions and build a plan using your actual financials. We hope we have given you enough information to make a decision.
3. Implementation / Mutual Acceptance Meeting – If you would like to move forward, we would have you sign our service agreement and any remaining paperwork to establish the relationship.
4. Review and Monitor – Based on your needs, TFA will typically meet existing clients 1 – 4 times per year to review investments and update your life plan.
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