Fee-Only Financial Planning

Financial planning is the process of organizing and wisely managing your finances in a comprehensive fashion.  Its purpose is to increase the probability of achieving your objectives -- both financial and non-financial -- through wealth accumulation, wealth preservation, and prudent risk management.  In essence, it is a tool to help you address the financial demands of everyday life.

AFCG has developed the following practical definition of financial planning for use in our practice:

Financial planning is the organization of one's current and future household cash flows with the express purpose of aligning those cash flows with one's financial objectives.  Planning further establishes safeguards against unanticipated events that might disrupt those cash flows.

The basic elements of a financial plan can be broadly categorized as follows:

  • Household Cash Flow and Budget
  • Risk Management/Insurance
  • Asset Allocation and Investments
  • Major Goals/Purchases
  • Tax Planning
  • Estate Planning

Our Financial Planning Process

AFCG follows the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. six-step financial planning process when developing financial plans for clients:

Step 1: Establish and define the client-planner relationship and the scope of the planning engagement.
Step 2: Gather client data and review personal goals.
Step 3: Analyze and evaluate client financial status.
Step 4: Develop and present financial planning recommendations and/or alternatives for consideration.
Step 5: Implement the financial planning recommendations.
Step 6: Monitor the financial planning recommendations after implementation.

Depending on each client's specific needs, AFCG develops financial plans through Modular Financial Planning or Total Wealth Planning (TWPTM):

Modular Financial Planning focuses on one or more planning elements (or "modules") at a time.  Planning modules include:

  • Household Cash Flow Analysis and Net Worth Statements 
  • Asset Allocation and Investment Analysis  
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Estate/Multi-Generational Planning
  • Retirement Income Planning
  • Major Goals/Purchases
  • Employee Benefits Analysis
  • Small Business Start-Up Planning

Total Wealth Planning (TWPTM) addresses an individual's or family's planning goals from a holistic perspective in the initial financial plan:

  • TWPTM integrates the planning elements from our Modular Financial Planning into a single, custom-designed plan that is updated at least annually.
As part of the financial planning process, AFCG is able to provide our clients with helpful referrals to unaffiliated third-party professionals in the Richmond, VA community we have experience working with on a collaborative basis for the non-investment aspects of a financial plan.

Our third-party referral resources can provide the following specialized services for our clients:

  • Tax Return Preparation and Tax Advice
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Mortgages
  • Gold/Silver Bullion Purchases
  • Sustainable/Green Living Design-Build Contractors
  • Employee Benefit Plan Administration
  • Independent Executor and Trustee Services
  • Middle Market Business Brokerage Services
  • Elder Care
  • Estate Settlement/Administration
  • Estate and Trust Planning

Fee Schedule

Our fee for Financial Planning is charged in one of two ways:

1. As a fixed fee, typically ranging from $1,250 to $3,000, depending on the nature and complexity of each client's circumstances.  50% of this fee may be due upon signing the Financial Planning Agreement, with the balance due upon presentation of the completed financial plan to the client.

Clients have the option of electing an annual review and update of the initial financial plan.  AFCG will charge a fixed fee of $300 per annual review.  The annual review fee is charged in addition to the initial fee for the planning engagement.  The fee for an annual review is due and payable upon completion of the annual review.

2. On an hourly basis billed at $200 per hour.  An estimate for total hours will be determined at the start of the planning engagement.  50% of the estimated fee may be due upon signing the Financial Planning Agreement, with the balance (based on actual hours) due upon presentation of the completed financial plan to the client.

Typically, the financial plan will be presented to the client within ninety (90) days of the contract date, provided that the client has promptly provided all information needed to prepare the financial plan.  For clients who receive periodic financial plan reviews and/or updated written financial plans, the review and/or financial plan will be presented to the client as contracted for in the Financial Planning Agreement.  

For annual reviews of clients' financial plans, AFCG will charge fees calculated as a certain percentage of the initial fee charged for financial planning, depending on the nature and complexity of each clients' circumstances.  AFCG may elect to reduce or waive financial planning fees for clients who retain AFCG for Investment Management services. 

Please contact us to learn more about our Financial Planning services and our New Client Process

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