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Wealth Management Ames IA

High net worth individuals and organizations can opt to employ a wealth manager to handle their financial issues, including things like estate planning, taxes, investment management and more. Wealth management services are provided by corporations, financial advisors and multi-licensed portfolio managers. They use wealth management strategies to help their clients grow their wealth and assets as well as to navigate tax law. Wealth managers oversee all the financial affairs of their clients, which can be extremely helpful for those with numerous and diverse financial holdings.

Laura West
West Financial Advisors, LLC
(515) 382-2960
1400 Fawcett Parkway
Nevada, IA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Mr. James E. Dickson, CFP®
(515) 232-5160
PO Box 322
Ames, IA
Firm
James E. Dickson, CPA, CFP
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Mr. Paul M. Caspersen, CFP®
(515) 294-4407
2505 University Boulevard
Ames, IA
Firm
University of Florida Foundation, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Non-Profit Employees

Data Provided by:
Mr. Randall V. Hertz, CFP®
(515) 382-6596
PO Box 500
Nevada, IA
Firm
Hertz Associates

Data Provided by:
Ms. Tamra A. Shadlow, CFP®
(515) 733-5113
530 Broad St
Story City, IA
Firm
Edward Jones Investment

Data Provided by:
Mr. Darren C. Gauck, CFP®
(515) 232-3042
328 Main St
Ames, IA
Firm
Midwest Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care

Data Provided by:
Mr. Richard Schany Nelson, CFP®
405 5th St
Ames, IA
Firm
LPL Financial

Data Provided by:
Ms. Shelley K. Magnani, CFP®
(515) 232-0228
414 S 17th St Ste 102
Ames, IA
Firm
LPL Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Laura Kay Brannen West, CFP®
(515) 382-2960
1400 Fawcett Pkwy Ste A
Nevada, IA
Firm
West Financial Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Clark Grinde
1028 Lafayette Avenue
Story City, IA
Company
Title: President, Financial Advisor
Company: CG Financial Consulting, LLC
Education
Iowa State University, BA
College for Financial Planning, CRPS [Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist]
Years Experience
Years Experience: 14
Service
Life Insurance,Hourly Financial Planning Engagements,Investment & Portfolio Management,Retirement Planning,Fee-Only Comprehensive Financial Planning

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Wealth Management

By: Jonas Zamora
Jonas Zamora is a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional. You may contact him at jzamora@zacks.com

Benefits of Estate Planning

Have you ever been advised that you should have an estate plan? You hear the advice and, like most folks, don’t have a clear idea of why you should have one. I read an article by financial planner Elaine Floyd, which outlines the reasons why you should have an estate plan.

Let’s start with the benefits. An estate plan allows you to:

1. Direct the distribution of your wealth at death. An estate plan allows you to name the people, or charities, that will receive your assets. Otherwise, the courts will decide for you based on the laws of succession in your state.
2. Save on estate taxes. The estate tax still exists at least until 2009. In 2010 it will be repealed but may come back in 2011. This year, assets that total up to $2 million are exempt from federal estate taxes. The top tax rate on assets above that amount is 45%. Keep in mind that state inheritance tax has not been abolished either.
3. Save money on probate fees and keep your privacy. Probate fees can run up to about 10% of your estate’s value. Keep in mind that probate is time consuming and a matter of public record.
4. Protects assets while you are alive. Estate planning strategies can help protect you in case of lawsuits and divorce.
5. Prepare for incapacity. What happens if you are unable to handle making the payments for the care you receive while incapacitated? Who will manage your care and finances? An estate plan can help assure your well being if you become unable to make your own decisions....

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