While it is true that one can effectively manage his or her personal financial matters quite easily through diligence and willingness to adhere to a monetary plan and readily available resources on the internet, there are still instances when the services of a professional financial planner or adviser. One occasion could be lack of time to manage one’s finances or being in a very difficult financial situation. Such instances are very critical, especially as they are about money and wealth, therefore the financial planner to be hired must be a good if not the best one.
Prior to hiring a financial planner, determine first what your primary reason is for hiring such a professional service. Not all financial needs are the same. One may only need an advice regarding his or her financial plans, or just a basic portfolio for his or her retirement, or a serious strategy to balance the business finances. Your reason for hiring a financial planner will help you determine who among the various types of planners is appropriate for you to hire. Of course you would prefer someone who is specialized in the area where your financial necessities fall. Also by doing this, your wide range of choices may be narrowed down to just a few.
Financial planners each have their own designations or titles. It would be helpful in your search if you are familiar with them. A CPA or Certified Public Accountant is the one to hire for tax-related issues. A PFS or Personal Financial Specialist could be a CPA with extra familiarity and knowledge background on financial planning. A CFP or Certified Financial Planner is best to hire when seeking financial advice. A ChFC or Chartered Financial Consultant is technically an specialist in insurances who can be hired for economics and investment planning. A CRPC or Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor has a specialization in retirement planning. Many other designations are given to the professionals of the financial planning industry and the above mentioned are only a few of the more than 50 specializations.
After which you may begin to do your actual search. Ask a family or a relative of a commendable financial planners. Referrals always work wonders when hiring a particular service for the first time. Should you have an accountant, chances are he or she knows of a financial planner colleague who you can hire. If no suggestions are given to you then you can resort to finding one on the yellow pages or the ever reliable internet.
Next in line is interviewing the local planners you happened to have picked from a long list. Any financial planner with good reputation would not charge even a single cent on first meeting as you would only be inquiring about his or her services. You need to state your requirements for hiring a planner. While you are at it, remember to ask about his or her fee. Some planners are traditionally paid through commissions like in purchasing an investment. Others are paid with flat fees based on the hour or task rendered to a client. Others Charge a fee as per the asset’s percentage value