If you’re already familiar with what a fee-only financial planner is, you’ve done your homework. If you aren’t sure of the difference between fee-only and fee-based cost structures, you can find out by reading our article: What is a Fee-Only Financial Planner? / Fee-Only vs Fee-Based Financial Planning. Once you understand the cost structures, you may want to know how you can find a fee-only financial planner.
How to Find a Fee-Only Financial Planner
To find a fee-only financial planner, we recommend you try the following methods.
Ask a Family Member, Friend, or Colleague
A great place to start is to ask someone you trust. Family members, friends, and colleagues may be able to help you find a trustworthy advisor based on their own experiences.
Turn to Trusted Professionals Such as Attorneys and CPAs
You can also ask your trusted attorney or CPA to recommend a financial advisor. You may need to contact the advisor to whom they refer you to inquire about their cost structure, or you can look online to see if they advertise a fee-only structure.
Check Third-Party Websites and Databases
In addition to your own personal network, you can leverage a few online sources that gather and list fee-only financial planners.
- NAPFA.org (The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors)
According to their site, “The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.”To search the NAPFA database visit napfa.org
- FPA (The Financial Planning Association)
The FPA also has a database of financial planners that you can search according to location and compensation type. Not all planners are fee-only, but you can easily filter the database to highlight fee-only planners. To search the FPA database visit plannersearch.org
Research and Inquire Specifically About Fee Structure
If you find a financial planner or advisor through another resource, be sure to ask them directly about their cost structure. If you’re determined to work with a fee-only financial planner, we recommend starting with an online database such as NAPFA.org, which makes it easy to limit your search by cost structure.
About Modera Financial Planners
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