Your Financial Plan: How to Prepare & How Much Does it Cost?

 October is Financial Planning Month and Center Partner Tim Wyman takes this opportunity to bring us back to the basics. In this blog 5-part series he clarifies some general questions about financial planning and the financial planning process. 

A financial plan can be prepared on your own or with the assistance of a professional.  If you choose to work with a professional, a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner is suggested since they are trained to provide a comprehensive review.  Regardless, if you choose to do it on your own or work with a professional, there are common steps.

6 most common steps in the process: 

  1. Gather Personal and Financial Data
  2. Establish Goals
  3. Process & Analyze Information
  4. Develop Comprehensive Plan
  5. Implement the Plan
  6. Monitor the Plan 

The cost of a financial plan will vary depending upon the experience of the professional you work with and the complexity of your situation.  In many cases, the fee may range from $500 to several thousand dollars – again based on the complexity. 

In the final blog of this 5-part series, we’ll look at who the best financial planners are. 

Timothy Wyman, CFP®, JD is the Managing Partner and Financial Planner at Center for Financial Planning, Inc. and is a frequent contributor to national media including appearances on Good Morning America Weekend Edition and WDIV Channel 4 News and published articles including Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. A leader in his profession, Tim served on the National Board of Directors for the 28,000 member Financial Planning Association™ (FPA®), trained and mentored hundreds of CFP® practitioners and is a frequent speaker to organizations and businesses on various financial planning topics.

Any opinions are those of Center for Financial Planning, Inc., and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James.  Every investor’s situation is unique and you should consider your investment goals, risk tolerance and time horizon before making any investment.  Clients should evaluate if an asset-based fee is appropriate in servicing their needs.  A list of additional considerations, as well as the fee schedule, is available in the firm’s Form ADV Part II as well as in the client agreement.