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Our Process

A.M. Stutts Financial Management follows Garrett Planning Network’s 7 Steps to Financial Success.

STEP 1 | Initial Inquiry/Community Outreach

Advisor's Responsibilities
We provide a brief description of our services, philosophies, methodology, and fee structure. We’ll direct you to our website or mail you an introductory packet to help you learn more.

Client/Consumer’s Responsibilities: 
If our services appear to fit your needs, we will schedule a Get Acquainted meeting in person or on the telephone, and at the same time provide you with additional information to help you learn more.

STEP 2 | Get Acquainted Meeting/Teleconference

Advisor's Responsibilities
We can meet with you in person or via teleconference. It’s an opportunity to exchange information about your needs and objectives, to further discuss which of our services are right for you, and to provide you with an estimate of the cost of our services. Remember, we do not accept commissions, and instead we charge for our services on an hourly, as-needed basis, or project basis.

Client/Consumer’s Responsibilities: If you choose to use our services, we will provide a list of additional information that we’ll need to begin.

STEP 3 | Data Gathering and Initial Preparation

Advisor's Responsibilities:
After receiving your information, we’ll begin to review and develop your custom financial plan. We will prepare initial reports that we’ll discuss with you at your next meeting.

Advisor's Responsibilities: You will need to gather the requested data and then possibly complete a risk assessment and other questionnaires. This information will need to be provided to us before your next meeting.

STEP 4 | Interactive Goal Setting

Advisor's Responsibilities:
Depending on your individual circumstances, this meeting may or may not be necessary. If it is, it can be in person or via teleconference. We will work with you to further clarify the information you have provided thus far, and to refine your financial goals and objectives.

Client/Consumer’s Responsibilities:
This is another opportunity for you to clarify your current situation, financial goals and objectives, and to discuss with us any additional questions and concerns.

STEP 5 | Analysis and Plan Formulation

Advisor's Responsibilities:
We’ll analyze the information you have provided and consider various options and opportunities available for each planning objective. We’ll conclude our research and analysis, and produce the final reports that include observations, assumptions, specific recommendations and an action plan tailored specifically for you.

Client/Consumer’s Responsibilities:
The ball is in our court. All you have to do at this point is await your next meeting with us.

STEP 6 | Presentation of Your Financial Plan

Advisor's Responsibilities:
Together we’ll review your personal financial plan and our specific recommendations.

Client/Consumer’s Responsibilities:
You now hold your personal blueprint designed with your financial goals in mind. You are empowered with specific recommendations to implement your financial plan. If you wish, you may employ us further to assist you in carrying out that plan.

STEP 7 | Financial Checkups – with Subscription Service

Advisor's Responsibilities:
Periodic update meetings and reviews are essential to maintain good fiscal health. For those clients that sign up for the subscription service, we are available to you for financial planning questions during the year after your plan report meeting.  At the anniversary of your initial plan report meeting, we will update your plan and schedule a meeting to present and discuss your updated plan. 

Client/Consumer’s Responsibilities:
Financial planning is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. Proper implementation of a financial plan and periodic professional reviews are crucial to reaching your financial goals.