Creating Your Financial Roadmap
A thoughtful plan brings clarity and focus to your financial life – turning vague future goals into simple, actionable strategies. Whether you are just beginning your financial journey, in your peak earning years, nearing retirement or planning your legacy, Williams Asset Management® can help you distill a vast universe of possible actions down to a few critical steps that will help positively impact your financial well-being.
Because the expertise of our professional team spans a wide range of disciplines, we’re able to carefully craft a plan that’s not only tailored to your unique needs, but also addresses potential conflicts between competing goals (e.g., saving for retirement vs. saving for a child’s education) to ensure that your plan is built on a strong, stable foundation.
“A goal without a plan is nothing more than a wish.”
WILLIAMS ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANNING EXPERTISE ENCOMPASSES:
Cash Flow Analysis & Planning
Wealth and liquidity don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. You may have considerable assets tied up in tax-deferred accounts, real estate, trusts or other illiquid assets. An important aspect of financial planning is finding your optimal balance between short-term needs and long-term goals. At Williams Asset Management we can work with you to create a spending plan that adds more structure to your financial life and helps you better manage income and expenses to keep you on track.
Some estate planning goals such as minimizing estate and gift taxes, ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, and avoiding complications for your heirs are universal. Others, however, will be unique to your situation (e.g., ensuring the continuity of a family business or providing for a family member with special needs). Whatever your wishes, our estate planning experts can work in unison with your attorneys, accountants and other advisors to provide comprehensive legacy planning solutions for Maryland residents to ensure all the proper documents and trust structures are in place to fulfill those wishes.
Protecting your wealth, your lifestyle and your legacy is an essential part of comprehensive financial planning. From income replacement and asset protection strategies to safeguard your family and your business, to long-term care coverage and creative ways to tax-efficiently transfer wealth to future generations, insurance can play a key role in your plan. Let us help you better prepare for life’s “what ifs” so you can spend more time focused on enjoying the present.
Perhaps there’s no better legacy you can provide to a child or grandchild than to support their dreams (and help them avoid the financial burden of excessive student loan debt) by setting-up and regularly funding a 529 plan account. Let us help you put a plan in place that accurately estimates future education costs for any children and establishes achievable savings rates and investment strategies to reflect those needs.
Whether retirement is decades down the road or right around the corner, you probably have many questions. How much do I need to save to ensure I won’t ever run out of money? What’s the best way to allocate my savings between taxable, tax-deferred and tax-free accounts? How much will I need for healthcare costs in retirement? And when the time comes to start converting my savings to income, what’s the most tax-efficient way to do it? At Williams Asset Management, our retirement planning experts can help you turn retirement dreams and goals into clear income needs and strategies to achieve them.
Want to learn more, check out The Art of Retirement to help you understand what you will need to retire and live a happy, comfortable life while avoiding common long-term financial mistakes.
Buying a Home
For many of us, our home is our single largest asset and the most expensive purchase we will make over the course of our life. As such, you want to ensure not only that you obtain the best financial terms possible on the transaction, but also that the purchase won’t derail your long-term financial plan. At Williams Asset Management, our professional financial planners will work with you to help assess the impact of a home purchase on your financial portfolio and make any necessary adjustments.
Over time, it’s common for people to accumulate a handful of legacy 401k or 403b accounts held at previous employers. While not necessarily a bad thing, they can be a challenge to manage – with extensive paperwork and multiple overlapping holdings. We can examine your accounts to make sure you’re getting maximum value out of your investments, and help you explore the pros and cons of combining these accounts into a Rollover IRA.
Effective wealth management requires close attention and careful planning for the impact of taxes. By working in tandem with your tax professional, we can implement a range of solutions – from tax-loss harvesting to Roth IRA conversions, trusts and gifting – to help minimize your short- and long-term tax liability and enhance the overall tax efficiency of your portfolio. And we always make sure your accounts are up-to-date on all current tax codes, so you never have to worry when tax season rolls around.
For many clients, being able to give back to their community and the charitable causes that matter most to them is an important and rewarding endeavor. Not only does charitable giving allow you to use your wealth to improve the lives of others, it can provide a tremendous opportunity to teach your children how to be empathetic and engaged adults. From simple donor advised funds to charitable trusts, let our team of professionals help you add structure, simplicity and tax-efficiency to your giving.