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Knowing that your financial future is in safe hands is reassuring! An experienced financial expert can help you strategize your spendings, earnings, investments and savings to overcome your financial challenges and meet your financial goals effectively. However, finding a trusted financial advisor in Illinois is a daunting undertaking as there are hundreds of advisors near you, with a long list of qualifications and certifications to research and evaluate, that may leave you perplexed.

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Christopher Barberini

Lakeshore Capital Group
Christopher Barberini, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Rolling Meadows, Illinois area. Christopher has over 11 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
11 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $400,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
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    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Fidelity

Michael Stewart

Crystal Lake Tax & Financial Inc
CFP®, RFC®
Michael Stewart, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Crystal Lake, Illinois area. Michael holds the CFP®, RFC® certifications. Michael has over 21 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
21 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $50,000

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    TD Ameritrade Institutional

Eric Kirste

Savvy Advisors, Inc
CFP®, CIMA®, AIF®
Eric Kirste, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Prospect Heights, Illinois area. Eric holds the CFP®, CIMA®, AIF® certifications. Eric has over 22 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
22 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Hourly
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $500,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
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    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Legal Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

Mark S. La Spisa

Vermillion Financial Advisors
CFP®, CRPS®, CFS, AIF®
Mark S. La Spisa, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Barrington, Illinois area. Mark holds the CFP®, CRPS®, CFS, AIF® certifications. Mark has over 32 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
32 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Hourly
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $1,000,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Risk Management
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    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts

Clark Wealth Partners, LLC

Clark Wealth Partners, LLC, a financial fiduciary firm, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2022 and provides financial services to clients in the Ofallon, Illinois area.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
19 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based
  • Based on Assets

    Asset Requirement: $50,000

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
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    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Tax Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Charles Schwab

Jim Hagedorn

Chicago Partners
CFA®
Jim Hagedorn, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Chicago, Illinois area. Jim holds a CFA® certification. Jim has over 29 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
29 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only

    Asset Requirement: $0

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Charles Schwab and Co./TD Ameritrade/Fidelity

Andrew Lohse

Independence Capital Financial Partners
CPA, PFS, AIF®
Andrew Lohse, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Lombard, Illinois area. Andrew holds the CPA, PFS, AIF® certifications. Andrew has over 18 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
18 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly
  • Commissions
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Risk Management
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Insurance Products & Annuities

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Fidelity Custody & Clearing, TD Ameritrade

Michael Alexenko

Royal Asset Managers
CFA®
Michael Alexenko, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Saint Charles, Illinois area. Michael holds a CFA® certification. Michael has over 28 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
28 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Hourly
  • Flat Fee
  • Based on Assets

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Investment Advice & Management
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    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Fidelity

Allworth Financial

AIF®, BFA", CDFA", RFC®
Allworth Financial, a financial fiduciary firm, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2023 and provides financial services to clients in the Riverwoods, Illinois area.

Additional Information:

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Based

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Retirement Planning
  • Tax Advice and Services
  • Estate Planning & Trusts
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    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    TD Ameritrade

Gary Komarek

North Shore Asset Management & Tax Advisory Inc.
CLU®, ChFC®
Gary Komarek, a financial fiduciary, provides financial services to clients in the Libertyville, Illinois area. Gary holds the CLU®, ChFC® certifications. Gary has over 44 years of experience.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
44 Years

    Fee Structure

  • 7672576726

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Planning for Individuals
  • Investment Advice & Management
  • Insurance Products & Annuities
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    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    TD Ameritrade Institutional

Savant Wealth Management

Savant Wealth Management, a financial fiduciary firm, has been a Paladin Registry member since 2019 and provides financial services to clients in the Rockford, Illinois area.

Additional Information:

Years of Experience:
35 Years

    Fee Structure

  • Fee-Only
  • Based on Assets

    Financial Services Provided:

  • Financial Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401K Rollovers
  • Wealth Management
  • Money Management
  • View More
    • Education Funding and Planning
    • Financial Advice & Consulting
    • Financial Planning for Individuals
    • Financial Planning for Businesses
    • Investment Advice & Management
    • Legal Advice and Services
    • Estate Planning & Trusts

    Name(s) of Custodian(s):
    Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Fidelity

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a financial advisor do?

Financial advisors assess the financial goals and risk appetite of their clients and chalk out a personalized investment plan for achieving those goals. They use their expertise to guide their clients on how to save tax, get rid of excessive debt and plan for future contingencies.

When should I hire a financial advisor?

Ideally, Financial advisors must be consulted regularly. No matter how much you earn and where are you from, everybody needs a financial advisor to make sure that they reap the maximum from their income. A financial advisor is especially important if you are nearing retirement, planning a family, saving up for education, or thinking of passing on your estate to your heirs.

What are the different types of financial advisors? How do I choose one?

There are different types of financial advisors. A financial advisor can be a relationship manager from a stockbroking company, insurance or mutual fund advisor, a personal banker from a well-known bank, an accountant or an attorney with expertise in taxation and estate planning.

What are the certifications to look while hiring a financial advisor?

The certifications assure you that the financial advisor that you have hired has all the skills and expertise that you need to plan a personal financial journey. When you look to hire a financial advisor you will find a range of initials and certifications that they hold. Broadly, they are divided into two categories.

A CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CFP (Chartered Financial Planner) are the more general ones. The CFP and CPA certifications are considered as gold standards in personal financial planning. These advisors know their stuff very well and have exceptional competence in a range of financial planning subjects.

While CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CLU (Chartered Life underwriter) certified professional can cater to your specific needs. A CFA can take care of your investment needs and CLU can advise you with the best insurance products.

What questions should you ask a financial advisor?

The most important question to ask a financial advisor is whether he is a fiduciary or not? A fiduciary works in the best interest of his client. Next, you must ask him about his certifications, and experience. You must always pick an advisor who has the best certifications like CPA, CFP, and CFA and at least, with a couple of years of experience. You can also ask him about his cost or fee. Always look for a fee-only advisor and make sure they don’t get commissions for selling financial products.

How does my financial advisor get paid?

There are broadly three different types of advisors.

Commission-only

If you hire a commission-based financial advisor then you will have to pay a percentage of your budget as commission and the rest of the amount will be invested in the financial products and instruments.

Fee-only

Fee-only financial advisors charge a certain flat fee for their advice. The fee depends on the years of experience, expertise, and certifications that financial advisors hold. They do not get any kind of commissions out of the financial products recommended by them.

Fee-based (Commissions and fees)

These advisors charge a combination of both commissions and fees.

Can I be my own financial advisor?

Many people have saved thousands of dollars each year by just consulting a financial advisor. Usually, people try to manage their own finances and thus are not able to draw maximum benefit out of their savings. Financial planning is quite complex and requires a lot of expertise. An experienced financial expert can help you chalk out the best plans for you and safeguard your financial future.

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