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MCCLARREN FINANCIAL ADVISORS, INC.

Serving clients with offices in State College and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania                                

McClarren Financial Advisors, Inc. is a comprehensive, fee-only personal financial planning firm. We provide guidance in taxes, investments, goal setting, record keeping, insurance and estate planning. We help you set realistic goals, and then provide you with the tools, and coaching, necessary to achieve them.

Have questions about working with us or how to get started? Contact us anytime at 814-235-1940 or toll-free at 866-760-4036

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INDEPENDENT, FEE-ONLY ADVISORS

Who We are

WHO ARE OUR CLIENTS?

Our clients are "real people" with "real world" challenges. We offer on-going, comprehensive advice. Our primary clients are middle-income individuals and couples with families. The firm is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

What Makes Us Different

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

McClarren Financial Advisors, Inc. is a fee-only financial advisor. We have no products to sell, only our services. We do not sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds or insurance, therefore, we earn no commissions whatsoever.

McClarren Financial Advisors, Inc. uses a holistic approach to financial planning. We know that decisions you make in one area of your financial life impact the other areas as well. Investment decisions must take into consideration the effect they have on other aspects of our clients' financial lives.

Our approach produces results!

Our approach simplifies and brings order to your financial life and saves you money on taxes and on investment expenses. Our approach puts proven investment techniques to work to minimize risk and maximize return.


Our Mission Statement

McClarren Financial Advisors offers fee-only fiduciary relationships for optimistic people wanting to advance their personal and financial goals.

Our Core Values

Professional – in everything we do, we want to be thorough, punctual and resourceful.  We want to exceed expectations.

Integrity – We always want to do what is right for our clients even if it means admitting when we were wrong.  We live by the golden rules.

Empathetic – we understand our clients' and fellow teammates’ concerns and we want them to know we have their backs.  We do it all with a selfless attitude.

Collaborative– we will help our clients in various aspects of their financial puzzles.  We will be helpful and mentor them in subjects that may not be as familiar to them.

Educated – we will always pursue knowledge within our field.  We encourage our teammates to continuously learn through various financial programs to be on the leading edge of new information.

Supportive – we care about our clients and each other.  We look to be a welcoming and friendly environment to all who enter our offices.

Our Vision Statement

To be the premier fee-only financial planning firm in Central Pennsylvania by guiding our clients to a successful financial future.

GET TO KNOW US

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Greg Reeder

Financial Advisor/Partner
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Greg Reeder, CFP® , CFT-I™

Financial Advisor,Partner

greg@mcclarren.com

Greg’s Role 

Greg joined the firm in 2011 and is currently a financial advisor and one of our co-owners. 

Greg’s Background 

Greg has a B.S. in Business Administration from Lock Haven University.  

He has completed the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Education Program from Northwestern University and earned his CFP® designation in 2015.  

Greg earned the Certified Financial Therapist (CFT-I™) designation which provides education and training that learners can use to apply research and evidence-based therapeutic techniques to help clients, advance the field of financial therapy, and engage with other practitioners.  

He is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP) and the National Association of Tax Practitioners (NATP).

Why Greg loves being a part of McClarren 

Greg has always enjoyed math and working with people.  His position as a financial planner affords him the opportunity to do both.  Greg finds it rewarding to get to know his clients, gain their trust, and watch them achieve their financial and personal goals.   

Best piece of financial advice given to him 

“Pay yourself first.  Set a savings goal and hit that goal.”

Favorites 

Hobbies – woodworking, bowling, biking/running

Food – anything his wife cooks because she’s amazing and he loves her very much 

Travel destination – Winter Garden, FL and Ocean City, MD 

Ask him about:

The loves of his life – wife, Kira; daughters, Geneva and Nora; and son, Vincent 

His three dogs: Brewer, Ruby, and Ellie



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Jennifer Anderson

CFO/Partner
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Jennifer Anderson

CFO, Partner

jennifer@mcclarren.com

Jen’s Role

Jennifer joined McClarren in 2008, since then she became a partner in 2017 and more recently is our Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and HR manager. 

Jen’s Background

Jen graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Management and a minor in Operations Management. 

In addition, Jen passed the series 65 and maintains a life, accident, and health insurance license.  She is a member of HIFON (High Impact Financial Operations Network) where she meets other fellow members on a yearly basis during the Bob Veres’ Insiders Information conferences. 

Why Jen loves it here

Given her diverse responsibilities, no two days are alike for Jen and she loves it that way.  She also enjoys keeping in touch with long established clients and meeting new ones as they progress through their financial journeys here at McClarren. 

Best piece of financial advice given to her

“At the very least invest in your 401K, especially if your company matches your investment!!!” 

Favorites

Sports Teams – Pittsburgh Steelers and anything Penn State, and her kids sports teams

Books - Jen always is reading a book at any moment.  Her favorites include memoirs, business, and best selling fiction.

Ask her about: Her family – husband Luke, son Connor, daughter Ava, her many family travel destinations – Disney World and Disney Land, Fenwick Island, DE, her 2 golden retrievers – Fenwick and Sunny!  



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Brandon Redmond

Financial Advisor/Partner
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Brandon Redmond, CFP® 

FINANCIAL ADVISOR, Partner

brandon@mcclarren.com

Brandon’s Role 

Brandon joined the McClarren ranks in 2016 and subsequently became a Certified Financial Planner™.  He is currently one of our financial advisors and co-owners. 

Brandon’s Background 

Brandon has a B.S. in Agricultural Business Management from The Pennsylvania State University.  He earned the Certified Planner designation in 2018.  He is a member of the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP). 

Why Brandon likes coming to work every day or – Is this really WORK? 

Prior to starting at McClarren, Brandon enjoyed managing his own personal investments and work benefits.  Now, that hobby is a fulfilling career. He finds deep satisfaction in helping clients plan for their futures and especially relishes the moments when he gets to inform them that they are in a position to finally retire! 

Best piece of financial advice given to him 

“Money is just a tool.  Don’t let yourself forget to use the tools at our disposal to make the most of life.  

Favorites 

Book – Pet Sematary – yes, that is the correct spelling 

Travel – Europe is the dream destination 

TV Shows – Jeopardy, Futurama, Parks and Rec 

Movies – Ironman, Jaws 

Ask him about:

His lovely wife (Amber), their son (Kade) or their two German Shepherds (Hoyt and Harper) 

Football – both PSU and Pittsburgh Steelers 

Baseball – especially the Atlanta Braves 

How he managed to get through his whole life thus far without a cavity or a broken bone – seriously, we are all jealous here.  


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Josh Purdy

Financial Advisor/Partner
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Josh Purdy, CFP®, EA

Financial Advisor, Partner

josh@mcclarren.com

Josh's Role 

Josh is a Certified Financial Planner® and an Enrolled Agent (EA) with the IRS. He has been with McClarren Financial since early 2019. Josh is a partner and serves as one of the firm’s lead financial advisors. 

Josh’s Background 

Prior to joining the MFA team, Josh spent a few years in the insurance industry. During this time, he obtained and still maintains his Life, Accident, Health, Property and Casualty licenses. Josh is a graduate of Lock Haven University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  

Why Josh enjoys working here 

Josh says his role here at MFA satisfies his passion for learning as well as his desire to help others. He thoroughly enjoys helping our clients achieve their goals.

Best piece of financial advice given to him 

Invest early and often

Favorites 

Hobbies- Hunting, Fishing and Golf

Sports Teams- Philadelphia Eagles & Flyers

Activities- Spending time with family and being outdoors

Ask him about:

His wonderful wife Amber and beautiful daughter Vivian.

His time spent in the US Army.

His two pups Philly and Colonel.







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Jeffrey McClarren

Emeritus Advisor/Founder
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Jeffrey McClarren, CFP®, EA 

Emeritus advisor, Founder


Jeff’s Role 

Jeff is founder of MFA.  He retired as a financial advisor as of the end of 2022.  While he is no longer in the office or meeting with clients, Jeff is still serving on the investment committee and available to our team members for help as needed. 

Jeff’s Background 

Prior to founding McClarren Financial, Jeff worked more than 15 years as an accountant and equity research analyst for a large institutional investment advisor.  

He also owned and operated an award-winning income tax-preparation business for 17 years.   

Jeff’s credentials and affiliations include: 

  • BS degree from the Pennsylvania State University 
  • Certified Financial Planner™ Practitioner 
  • Enrolled Agent with the IRS (EA) 
  • Founding Member of the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP) 
  • Member of the National Association of Tax Practitioners (NATP) 

 Why Jeff continues to enjoy remotely being part of the team:   

Jeff is quietly passionate about the fee-only approach to financial planning.  He finds fulfillment in getting to know people, discovering what THEIR goals and dreams are, and then helping them to achieve them. 

 Ask him about:

Pat, his wife of 40 years, their three grown children- Kylene, Keiran, Cole and his grandson Henry

Being Henry’s grandpa 

Training for half marathons and trail races – he has already conquered the Hyner Trail Challenge more than once! He likes the races to be long enough that no one asks him how fast he ran and difficult enough that he has to stay in shape to complete them!!! 


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Alexis Cunningham

Associate Advisor
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Alexis Cunningham, MBA

Associate Advisor

Alexis@mcclarren.com

Alexis' Role 

Alexis is one of our Associate Advisors who you will talk to regarding any transfer of accounts, distributions or general financial questions.  We are proud to announce that she passed the Series 65 exam in 2021 and is currently completing the coursework for her Certified Financial Planner designation.  Always willing to learn, Lexie is excited by the field of finance and the many subjects that it entails.

Alexis' Background 

Lexie, as she prefers to be called, graduated with a masters degree in Business Administration from Saint Francis University in 2021 where she received the Saint Francis University Master of Business Administration Academic Excellence Award presented to a graduate student in the MBA program earning a 4.0 QPA.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Saint Francis University.   

Why Alexis chose to work at McClarren

Throughout college Lexie always knew she wanted to pursue a career in financial services.   Her ultimate goal is to become a financial advisor herself someday.  While job searching, she came across McClarren Financial Advisors and knew she found ethical professionals in the field where she could learn a lot from and who were always looking out for the client's best interest.  

Best piece of financial advice given to her 

"Write down, track, and work towards your financial goals, otherwise they will become wishes that never happen." 

Favorites 

  • Hobbies - Spending time outdoors! Hiking, skiing (both water and snow!), and boating
  • Vacation Destination – Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. She has gone multiple summers throughout childhood and again recently in 2022. We spend our time boating, jet skiing, tubing, and water skiing!
  • Food – anything Italian!

Ask her about:

  • Her childhood friend, Nick, who is now her husband and their baby on the way!
  • Her multiple trips to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
  • UWork, a program she helped begin in college where they went into federal prisons to educate individuals who were to be released soon on the importance of resumes and second chance hiring.



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Rose Porter

Associate Advisor
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Rose Porter

Associate Advisor

rose@mcclarren.com

Rose’s Role 

Rose recently joined McClarren Financial Advisors as a Paraplanner.  She also recently passed the Series 65 exam after a few months with our firm.  

Rose’s Background 

Rose is a graduate of Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  Edinboro is one of several universities that offers Financial Planning as a focus of studies and who works with the Certified Financial Planning Board to provide students the education requirement needed for the Certified Financial Planner™ designation.  Rose hopes to sit for the cumulative exam in the coming year and gain the necessary experience requirement to earn the designation through her job at McClarren Financial Advisors.

Why Rose loves being a part of McClarren 

In her last two years of college, Rose discovered the financial planning industry. She knew that she wanted to work with a firm who really values being ethical and acting in the best interest of clients. Working at McClarren gives her the opportunity to learn and grow in the profession and fulfill her passion for helping others in a family like environment.   

Best piece of financial advice given to her 

“Do not save what is left after spending but spend what is left after saving.”


Favorites 

Vacation- Hocking Hills, Outer Banks

Food– Haluski, Beef and Broccoli, Stuffed Chicken  

Show- The Man in the High Castle  


Ask her about:

Being newly married to her husband, Matthew and her newborn son, Max

Her two cats Cleo and Odie

Her mission trip to Pamplona, Peru



SERVICES

Who We Serve

The following are depictions of hypothetical prospects that we could work with.  Perhaps you have a similar financial situation? 

Brittany and Jacob, Ages 32 & 33


Main Goals: Pay for children's college education, ensure family is taken care of in the event of an untimely death and retire comfortably in their early 60's. 

Current Situation: Brittany and Jacob are newly married, high-income earners with a joint income of $150,000. As we were working together, it was clear they wanted to provide funding for their two young children's college educations as well as ensure they were taken care of in the event of an untimely death. They had not yet begun setting aside funds for their children's education, nor did they have any estate planning documents in place. Even with their hectic lives, they knew it was time to sit down and align their finances with their goals. 

Our Strategy for Brittany and Jacob: 

- The opened and began funding tax optimized 529 plans while the children are young to take advantage of the time horizon for account growth. 

- We determined the amount and type of insurances Brittany and Jacob needed such as disability, life and umbrella. 

- They worked on completing estate documents with a lawyer to ensure everything was in order. 

- They fully invested their retirement accounts capturing their employers match to help fund their retirement goals. 

Brittany and Jacob now feel confident they will reach their financial goals after partnering with McClarren Financial Advisors, Inc. under a Young Professional Retainer Agreement. 

Travis and Victor, 

Ages 59 & 57


Main Goals: Retire comfortably in approximately 1 year and downsize home to one story once all children move out.  

Current Situation: Travis has worked hard as a physician and Victor as a stay-at-home dad, now Travis would like to retire in one year.  They would like to ensure everything is in place financial prior to Travis stopping his employment.  They are also looking for advice on when and how they should begin collecting Social Security.  Their children are grown and almost finished with college, and they are looking to downsize to a one-story home once the last child graduates.  


Our Strategy for Travis and Victor: 

- We performed a retirement projection to confidently ensure they can comfortably retire in one year. 

- We ran projections to determine the most ideal time for Travis and Victor to begin collecting Social Security. 

- We came up with a funding strategy to purchase their new home in 5 years. 

- We consolidated their retirement accounts to lower fees and for ease of navigation.  

- We came up with an income strategy to account for taxes during retirement.  

McClarren Financial Advisors collaborated with Travis and Victor under a Standard Retainer Agreement and gave them piece of mind on their financial plans for retirement.  

Dorothy, 

Age 74


Main Goals: Maintain cash flow during retirement, gift to family and donate to charity. 

Current Situation: Dorothy spent many years working hard to save money for her retirement.  She was a fantastic saver and now has a sizable retirement built up.  It was important to Dorothy to maintain her active lifestyle of traveling and possibly even settling into a vacation home of her own.  With that she needed advice on where to pull the cash from to fund her retirement adventures.  She also enjoys gifting to her to family members as well as charities that she holds close to her and needed assistance on the most tax efficient way of doing so.  

Our Strategy for Dorothy: 

- We developed a gifting plan for her family members based on her remining Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). 

- We used Qualified Charitable Distributions to donate money to charities of her choice using distributions from her IRA without tax penalties.  

- We ran reports to project her retirement and proved that she was able to purchase a vacation home of her dreams. 

- We ensure her adjusted gross income is within certain limits to keep her Medicare premiums at a minimum. 

McClarren Financial Advisors helped take the pressure off Dorothy and showed her that she did very well for herself and is able to live her retirement comfortably in her new vacation home through a Standard Retainer Agreement.  



What's Offered

All of our engagements begin with a free initial consultation. At this meeting, we get to know one another, discuss your goals and circumstances, the services we provide and whether or not our help is appropriate for you.

If our services seem a good match for your goals and situation, we discuss with you our standard retainer agreement.  

Fee Structure

A discussion of a financial advisory practice would not be complete without a disclosure of compensation. The fee structure at McClarren Financial Advisors, Inc. is designed to reduce conflicts of interest between our clients and ourselves. We charge an annual retainer fee for our services based on our clients' income, net worth and complexity. There are never any additional fees charged by our firm. Our clients know, up front, how much our services cost them and exactly what services they receive. By not charging commissions, we eliminate the conflict of interest of profiting financially from our recommendations. In addition, our clients know that our loyalty is to them and not to a brokerage firm.

Our annual retainer fees are as varied as the range of our clients' financial situations, because each client situation is different, actual fees must be calculated on a per case basis. 

The cost of a Standard Retainer ranges from $3,500 to $75,000.

The cost of a Young Professionals Retainer ranges from $3,000 to $3,500. 

Both levels of service may not be offered to every client.  MFA must use its discretion to determine whether the service level adequately matches the circumstances and goals of the client.

Standard Retainer

The Standard Retainer is the focus of our practice. It is with this retainer that our clients receive the full benefit of our services.

We meet with our clients three or four times during the course of the initial year, depending on the situation, to create and set in motion their financial plans. The areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Tax Preparation
  • Budgeting and Cash Flow
  • Tax Planning
  • Record-Keeping
  • Inventory of Client Assets
  • Retirement Planning
  • Portfolio Analysis
  • Goal Setting
  • Develop Asset Allocation Strategies
  • Estate Planning Review
  • Recommend Investments
  • Small Business Planning
  • Insurance Analysis
  • Education Planning
  • Analysis of Employee Benefits

Our Standard Retainer is an open-ended retainer. This means that our services are not limited only to scheduled appointments covering designated topics. Our clients are free to call any time to discuss with us any topics of concern which are within our scope of expertise. There is no added charge for calling or emailing us.  

Both levels of service may not be offered to every client.  MFA must use its discretion to determine whether the service level adequetly matches the circumstances and goals of the client.

Young Professionals Retainer

The Young Professionals Retainer is a retainer agreement that we offer for high-income earners who are just starting out in the accumulating asset phase. The ideal young professional client has the following attributes:

  • Under age 35
  • Starting income of $100K jointly or individually
  • No asset minimum but not more than $200,000 in investable assets.

What is included in this retainer agreement are not limited to the following: 

  • $3,000 - $3,500 annual fee for a two-year period. 
  • Meetings with one of our Associate Advisors who is an Investment Advisor Representative. 
  • First year of the retainer includes three meetings: investments, insurance/estate planning, and tax planning.
  • Second year of the retainer includes two meetings: investments and tax planning. 
  • Tax preparation is included in the fee for both years. 
  • The Young Professionals Retainer is a two-year program.  At the conclusion of the second year, the client can move to a Standard Retainer.  A new fee will be calculated, based on the client's current income, assets, and scope of work at that time. 
  • Open-ended retainers are not limited to scheduled appointments only.  There is no added charge for calling or emailing us.  
  • Offering of the Young Professionals Retainer agreement is subject to McClarren Financial Advisors, Inc. (MFA) discretion. 

Both levels of service may not be offered to every client.  MFA must use its discretion to determine whether the service level adequately matches the circumstances and goals of the client.


RESOURCES FOR THE JOURNEY AHEAD

Interested in becoming a client?

Please call into our office (814-235-1940) or complete our questionnaire to get started. If you choose to complete the questionnaire, a team member will be in contact with you.

After scheduling your appointment, please complete and submit the form below.  Note the Personal Profile Form works best using the search engine Google Chrome.  You can submit the profile sheet by using SecureFilePro.  

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Useful Links

Federal Government Departments

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS Online Forms, electronic filing, helpful tips and the latest IRS news can be found online

U.S. Department of Treasury
(Bureau of Public Debt) - Information on Savings Bonds and Treasury Securities

Social Security Administration
Your Social Security Retirement Benefits..., How much will I receive in Social Security Benefits? Check it out at the Social Security Retirement Calculator website.

Pennsylvania Government Departments

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
Information on Pennsylvania State Taxes

Pennsylvania Guaranteed College Tuition Savings Plan
PA Treasury offers two 529 college savings plans: The PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) and the PA 529 Investment Plan.

Miscellaneous

The Salvation Army
Donation Valuation Guide for Tax Deductions

Stock Quotes

Bankrate
Mortgage rates, CD rates, Auto Loans, Credit Cards, Mortgage News and more

Where to Find Us

Primary Address:

1364 S. Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801

SATELLITE OFFICE

Governor's Plaza South
Building #3, Suite 234
2001 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102

Get in Touch With Us!

Office Hours:

Monday- Friday 9 AM - 4 PM


Note our office is closed the following holidays: 

New Years Day, MLK Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Contact

  • Phone: (814) 235-1940                            
  • Toll Free: (866) 760-4036                        
  • Fax: (814) 235-1935
  • Email: Jennifer@mcclarren.com

If you are interested in becoming a client please see the Prospective Clients section located in the Client Center above.

If you have anything that needs sent to us please either send by mail, drop the information in our locked mailbox or upload through either your eMoney vault or SecureFilePro.  







Employment Opportunity

McClarren Financial Advisors is always looking for qualified individuals to add to our team. You may send your cover letter and resume to our Business Manager, Jennifer Anderson at jennifer@mcclarren.com

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU

FAQ

What is a Registered Investment Advisor?

A Registered Investment Advisor is a fiduciary who has a duty of undivided loyalty to his clients and must deal fairly and honestly with them. Any person or entity that holds itself out as a financial planner must be registered. A Registered Investment Advisor is a representative of the client.

 

What does McClarren Financial Advisors, Inc. sell?

We sell sound financial advice regarding taxes, investments, insurance, pensions, retirement, college, estate planning, and general financial matters. We also offer tax preparation and audit representation.

 

Who can benefit most from our services?

Anyone who has financial, tax, investment, or estate concerns, or who wishes to plan prudently for his or her financial future can benefit. Furthermore, persons who desire a higher, more sophisticated level of financial planning services may find our program appealing and helpful.

 

How much money do you need to start a financial program?

There is no minimum or maximum dollar requirement. We recognize that everyone has financial planning needs regardless of the amount of assets they currently hold.

 

What is a financial plan?

A financial plan is an in-depth review of your financial situation, taking into account your goals and objectives and focusing on income tax planning, asset management, estate planning, risk management, educational planning and retirement. The plan analyzes and recommends ways that you can achieve your financial goals and objectives.

 

How much do you charge for planning services?

Our financial planning fees are determined by the project needed. We generally work on an annual retainer basis with a fee determined by your income, assets, and the complexity of the work. (See section entitled "Services" for additional information regarding the services we offer.)

Are the fees tax deductible?

Yes, in certain circumstances.   

Do you sell financial planning products, such as investments, insurance or tax shelters?

No. We are fee-only planners. We can assist clients with the purchase or implementation of insurance and investments, but we do not sell products or receive any income from them.

How do we get started?

All of our engagements begin with a free initial consultation. At this meeting, we get to know one another, discuss your goals and circumstances, the services we provide and whether or not our help is appropriate for you.

If our services seem a good match for your goals and situation, we discuss with you the appropriate level of service. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call our office at (814) 235-1940. We will answer any questions you may have, schedule your appointment, and send you some additional information.

What information is required at the initial meeting?

First of all, if you are married or partnered, each of you should attend. Both of you benefit from the education and goal crystallization that this process provides. Please gather the following information to bring to the meeting:

  • Last year's tax returns
  • Investment statements, savings/money market accounts, brokerage accounts, IRA's, 401(k)'s deferred compensation, etc.
  • Completed Preliminary Financial Planning Profile (brochure will be mailed to you after we set the appointment). See Client Center link for an Adobe form.
  • Completed Statement of Assets and Liabilities. This is just a list that you compile, not a formal accounting statement.