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Financial Planning & Advisory Services

Our team of advisors at JL Smith leads with the development of a holistic financial plan, not blanket product selection or investment recommendations.

Often times, financial professionals operate in silos without a full picture of your financial needs, goals, and resources. Based on decades of experience, we understand that the best financial plans are holistic in nature and incorporate all aspects of your financial life. This enables us to look at all angles so that we are able to analyze and advise on your entire financial situation.


We work with individuals, families, and businesses to create a comprehensive financial plan geared toward meeting both your short-term and long-term goals. Our financial planning services includes:

Retirement Planning

We’ll develop a plan using our proven Bucket Plan philosophy to ensure your money goes the distance in retirement.


We’ll work with you to create a realistic budget to ensure you spend within your planned limits and don’t go into unnecessary debt.

Asset Management

Between short-term income needs and long-term growth objectives, we’ll provide investment options and recommendations to help you accomplish your financial plan.

Tax Management

From 401(k) rollovers and Roth conversions to charitable gifting strategies and tax-efficient portfolio offerings, we can help you maximize your pre- and post-tax income.

Legacy Planning

From designated beneficially forms to essential legal documents, we’ll work with you to ensure your spouse, children, and loved ones are financially protected after you’re gone.

Education Planning

Higher education is expensive. We’ll provide strategies to help you save for your children’s or grandchildren’s college tuition.

Social Security Strategies

We’ll help you increase your household’s lifetime benefits and guide you on the selection of how and when to start collecting Social Security benefits.

Medicare Strategies

We’ll compare plan provisions, shop rates, and help you secure affordable and comprehensive healthcare coverage.

Protection Planning

We’ll review your existing insurance policies and provide recommendations for your various coverage options.


Our holistic approach is grounded in a philosophy and process we call The Bucket Plan®, which helps us simplify the way you allocate your assets so that you have peace of mind now, soon, and later. Throughout our comprehensive financial planning process, we’ll help you identify and answer critical questions, such as:

  • How do I avoid running out of money in retirement?
  • How can I reduce the effects of market volatility on my retirement?
  • How can I minimize the tax burden on my investments?
  • How can I provide for my spouse or loved ones after my passing?
  • How can I fund my grandchild’s college, a gift to charity and similar?

Our knowledgeable financial advisors will analyze your accounts and make adjustments based on economic conditions, inflation, and interest rates. This way, we can help maximize income throughout retirement by also controlling taxes, fees, and risk in our recommendations.

Finally, as part of your financial plan, we make a commitment to put the needs of the client first. This commitment includes disclosing how we will be compensated for our financial advisory services.


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