Non invest financial plan

Hi Thanks for this group. While this isn't the most logical group to ask about non invest financal plans, can anyone suggest who to contact for it? Even CPAs and CFPs seem
unnterested if not investing in stocks and bonds. At my age, setting up safe tax and retirement plan, is increaingly important.
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On 2013-04-29 09:30:08 +0000, tai chi60 said:

The structure of compensation in the "financial advice" business is unfortunately slanted towards two methods -- "transactional" and "asset-based".
Transactional means commissions for the person who sold you the product -- think, for example, a broker who puts you into load mutual funds or an insurance guy who sells you life insurance. You can certainly get excellent financial advice from someone who also happens to be selling a product, but you have to be aware what's going on.
Asset-based may mean either "fee-based" -- which means a percentage of assets *and* possibly some transactional basis as well, or "fee-only" which usually means you need to turn over some substantial level of assets for the person to manage in order to get financial advice as part of the deal (and, typically, pay the person 1% or more of those assets for the combination of asset-management plus financial planning).
There are folks out there who offer financial planning without working only within those two models, but they are a lot more difficult to find, and folks may be surprised at how much they charge. A financial planner who works by the hour -- and there are such -- may charge upwards of $200/hr. Or a fixed price financial plan -- which may include a couple of hours of meetings plus all the research and work that goes into writing up that plan -- may cost $2000 or more.
Of course, people getting financial advice from transactional or asset-based models pay the same or more - they usually just don't see the bill explicitly, since it's often hidden or just not obvious.
That all said, I am one of those last types. My practice does financial planning and asset management and I usually charge separately for those things, so it's always clear just what the client is paying for.
I'd start with looking for an advisor who is a member of NAPFA, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. To be a member, one has to be fee-only (which may mean asset-based, but it also may be hourly/project/retainer/etc). They have an advisor-search function here: <http://findanadvisor.napfa.org/Home.aspx
You could also try looking at the Garrett network - an association of planners who all do hourly work: <http://garrettplanningnetwork.com
Finally, feel free to post more details, anonymously is fine, to this newsgroup and see what folks have to say. Bear in mind that you will not get the level of detail or personalized advice in a forum like this that you'd get from working with a professional, but it may be a good start and help you know what questions to ask and how to get the most out of such a professional should you follow up by going to one.
[I am in NAPFA, btw]
I hope that helps.
--David
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David S. Meyers, CFP®
http://www.MeyersMoney.com
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Thanks for the information. It will surely help. I have an idea what I want done, but not sure how to follow through. Your website does look helpful and will be checked out more carefully.
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