Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider working with your practice?

The investment landscape has changed dramatically in the last few decades. Affluent investor's needs and objectives have become very complicated and the solutions to their needs are growing more sophisticated daily. Our clients enjoy knowing that regardless of their needs or the complexity of their situations, we can provide the experience needed to help provide them with sage advice. We have dedicated members focused in fields that many advisory groups would not be equipped to address at a basic level. We are committed to being the premier choice in private and institutional wealth management services.

How can you say that your advice is objective when you sell the products you recommend?

Virtually all of our wealth management clients have commission free accounts. There are a large variety of ways to be compensated, but we have chosen to be compensated with a flat fee based on the qualifying assets we manage. What this means is that the only way for us to increase what we earn is to grow your assets. Should your accounts decline in value, what we earn declines proportionately as well. Our compensation is directly tied to and correlates solely with your performance. The flat fee is billed quarterly as a percentage of your assets.

Fees for investment advisory accounts include Advisory services, performance measurement, transaction costs, custody services and trading. Fees are based on the assets in the account and are assessed quarterly. There is a minimum fee per calendar quarter to maintain this type of account. Advisory accounts are not designed for excessively traded or inactive accounts, and may not be suitable for all investors. During periods of lower trading activity, your costs might be lower if our compensation was based on commissions. You should carefully review the Wells Fargo Advisors advisory disclosure document for a full description of our services, including fees and expenses. Minimum account sizes apply.

Do you have a minimum account value you look for in a new client?

While we do not have an account minimum, there are several qualities we look for when working with new clients. Your asset level is not the most important factor we take into consideration, but we must be very careful when taking on a new relationship. Any prospective client we decide to work with will be expecting the service and experience we have promised them. Make no mistake, we are always happy to sit down with you and discuss your current situation. If your needs do not match our focus, we encourage you to let us help you find the right advisor. Remember, it must be a fit.

What if I become a client and have an interested friend or family member who can use your experienced knowledge?

As mentioned above, there is no asset level minimum to become a client. Your question highlights an important one. Once you become a client, we become passionate about helping you with anything you need. Anyone who is important to you becomes important to us. We can help in many ways, such as situations ranging from educating your beneficiaries and providing 'off-topic' financial advice to opening smaller accounts and helping your friend with retirement planning questions. Your friends and loved ones will always be treated with the same quality of service and respect that we have come to be known for.

Do you do estate, trust, or tax planning and is that included in your compensation?

We have several professionals we work with in various important areas. These include many different attorneys and CPA's across the country. If we identify a need for comprehensive estate, trust, or tax planning in any situation, here are a few important notes:

- You are always welcome to use your own attorney or CPA and we are happy to work with whoever that person is.
- Upon request, we can refer several carefully selected outside professionals. Should you decide to move forward with one of those professionals, you will incur and be responsible for any charges just as you would with any CPA or attorney.

Wells Fargo Advisors is not a tax or legal advisor. Wells Fargo Advisors does not endorse referrals and therefore gives no assurance as to the quality of their services.

Where are you located and do you manage assets in my area?

Our home office is located in Springfield, Missouri and we are registered in several states. With recent upgrades in communication technology, we feel confident in our ability to do our best work with anyone.