WHAT WE OFFER
Money means different things to all of us. And what colors our attitudes toward it, or what we want from it, is a highly selective thing. That’s why, at Gallagher Financial, we make it our priority to get to know you as a person. Not only do we want to provide you with the most complete course of action possible, but we also enjoy working for people we like.
PARTNER WITH AN EXPERT
No matter what your level of wealth, working with us can help you pursue your goals. Together, you’ll go through a comprehensive process for managing your financial life and creating a long-term plan customized to your needs. The process starts by examining the wealth strategies universe and its modules.
CREATE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
By exploring each module in detail, we’ll determine which ones require our immediate attention and which ones are more long term in nature. From our findings, we’ll assemble an implementation plan for your financial future.
SUPPORT YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS
Working together with us will simplify the complexities of your financial life by focusing on managing your wealth in a systematic way for the long term.
How to target distribution of your assets in a tax-advantaged way
Retirement planning involves evaluating your current financial standing and creating an accumulation strategy that will help to ensure a desired retirement lifestyle. Because an individual’s retirement years can span decades, retirement planning generally dominates other financial goals. A successful plan put into place during the wealth-building lifespan should address ways to maximize growth and tax-efficient distributions, as well as how to leave retirement assets to the next generation.There are several ways to save for retirement:
- Qualified employer-sponsored plans
- Individual retirement accounts (IRAs)
- Personal savings
- Executive deferral plans
Qualified plans are employer-sponsored retirement plans such as 401(k)s and pension plans. While there are contribution limits and strict distribution rules, these plans are popular because of their tax benefits. Generally, employers will make participation even more attractive by matching all or a portion of an employee’s contribution. It’s important that you choose the optimum plan to benefit the key people in your company.
IRAs are inexpensive, easy to establish and maintain, and also offer favorable tax incentives. They can be created by an individual or provided by an employer. Most people use IRAs to consolidate retirement savings that were previously held in employer-sponsored plans. Our process coordinates your IRA investments with your other savings plans.
You may find that qualified plans, IRAs, and social security won’t provide enough money to support your desired retirement lifestyle. By identifying your retirement gap, you can develop a strategy for personal savings invested outside of the traditional retirement vehicle.
Business owners or executives may have access to other tax-advantaged retirement savings vehicles. Nonqualified executive compensation is a generic term used to describe a compensation arrangement that provides retirement income—and, in some cases, death benefits—to key employees of a business.
At the heart of any retirement plan is the distribution of accumulated assets. The correct distribution method will help to ensure that your retirement savings last beyond your lifetime with minimum shrinkage from taxes. From premature distribution options that allow access to retirement assets prior to age 59 ½, to products intended to provide stable monthly payments for retirement, distribution planning is paramount to a successful retirement plan.
How to protect your assets
Estate planning creates a master plan for the management of your property during life and the distribution of that property at death.
For most people, estate planning will:
- Give you more control over your assets during your life
- Provide care when you are disabled
- Allow for the transfer of wealth to whom you want, when you want, at the lowest possible cost
Common estate planning issues addressed in the wealth management process include the transfer of wealth, the minimization of transfer taxes, asset protection, and charitable giving.
Wealth transfer planning involves the smooth transition and distribution of wealth according to your wishes. With proper estate planning, you decide to whom, how, and when your assets will be distributed, as well as who will manage your estate or business. Special issues you may deal with are providing financial security for others, planning for children of a previous marriage, equalizing inheritances fairly, and retiring from your business. Wealth transfer planning also involves the management of assets during disability or incapacity.
A major goal of estate planning is to minimize potential taxes without interfering with your other financial goals. If you give away wealth, during life or at death, you may incur federal—and possibly state—taxes. You can help protect the assets you transfer from excessive depletion by understanding these taxes and the various strategies you can use to minimize them.
If you own substantial assets, creditor protection can be a concern. Creditors can come in many forms. An asset protection plan first identifies potential exposure and then identifies preventive tools and strategies to reduce exposure. Asset protection planning deals with ownership issues, liability insurance, statutory protections, special needs trusts, offshore and domestic trusts, prenuptial agreements, divorce, and business dissolutions.
Charitable giving is motivated by both personal and tax incentives. Congress encourages charitable giving through tax legislation that can minimize your income and estate taxes. Charitable planning involves selecting the gifted property and charitable structure that will target your needs.
Our process does not end with estate planning but coordinates your estate plan with your overall plans for your business, investments, insurance, and employee benefits.
How to Strategize your Plan for Giving
Charitable giving can have a large impact on both the recipient and donor of a charitable contribution. Strategizing your charitable giving efforts can help your philanthropic dollars have the greatest impact while maximizing your tax deductions for yourself and your family. Charitable giving advising can help to prioritize your philanthropic interests, evaluate the impact of donor grants, seek out opportunities for giving, and manage taxation results.
There are several ways to include charitable gifting in your estate plan:
- Outright bequest
- Private foundation
- Donor-advised fund
- Charitable Trust
An outright bequest of cash or property in your will is the easiest and most direct way to make a charitable gift. The outright bequest is especially appropriate when the amount of your gift is relatively small or when you want the funds to go to the charity without strings attached.
Private foundations are tax-exempt charitable entities that are set up, funded, and controlled by a single person or family. While heavily regulated, a private foundation can be an excellent income and estate planning tool. If you contribute to the private foundation during your lifetime, your contributions to the foundation are income tax-deductible.
A donor-advised fund is an easy-to-establish, lower-cost, flexible vehicle for charitable giving, an alternative to direct giving or to creating a private foundation. This fund is set up under the umbrella of a public charity and serves as a sponsor to many funds.
Another way for you to make charitable gifts is to create a charitable lead trust. A charitable lead trust pays income to your chosen charity for a certain number of years after your death. Once that period is up, the trust principal passes to your family members or other heirs. A charitable lead trust can be appropriate when you want to retain a cherished asset within the family.
How to Find the best insurance coverage
Health insurance is a type of insurance coverage that pays for health and medical expenses. There are many options when it comes to health insurance, and it is best practice to shop around and find what policies will work best for your situation. Whether it’s Medicare, Part D, individual, or small group plans, it is important to know the ins and outs of insurance before making a decision.
Certain factors can affect what insurance would suit you best which are:
- Medical History
- Type of plan you wish to choose
- Current Medications / medical professionals
We are an independent Insurance Agency which means we can work with all the top insurance companies to find a plan that meets your specific needs. We specialize in finding the best-suited policy for the lowest cost possible and work with companies such as Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, Ucare, HealthPartners, Medica, Humana, and Delta Dental.
Working with an independent insurance agent provides a number of benefits to clients. There is no client fee associated with independent insurance agents as agents are paid by the plan sponsors. We also provide help through the claim process with superior communication, working as a middleman between the client and the agency. Yearly, we will review client coverage, get feedback, and make any adjustments to the policy to ensure the client doesn’t outgrow the plan. With the responsiveness of a small office and the resources of large insurance companies, our insurance services aim to prioritize the quality and effectiveness of insurance policies for our clients.
How to grow and manage your business
Starting and running a business carries its own set of risk exposures. Certain factors can have a dramatic impact on how safe your personal and business assets are from risk. These Factors include:
- The type of business entity you choose
- The state you choose to do business in
- How you manage your business
- Your human resources
- Your taxes
Business planning is strategic planning that encompasses all of these factors, ensuring your business and personal life will be protected after your business plan is brought to life. We will work with you to develop a custom strategic business plan based on your business goals.
How to minimize your tax burden
Tax planning considers the tax implications of individual, investment, or business decisions, usually with the goal of minimizing tax liability. While decisions are rarely made solely on their tax impact, you should have a working knowledge of the income or estate tax issues and costs involved.
A major goal of tax planning is minimizing federal income tax liability. This can be achieved by:
- Deduction planning
- Investment tax planning
- Year-end planning strategies
- Reducing taxable income through income deferral or shifting
Investment tax planning involves evaluating how to best position assets in order to minimize the amount of taxes you have to pay on an ongoing basis.
This requires year-round planning, and it begins with an in-depth understanding of the tax implications of various investments and investment strategies, including the treatment of wash sales, tax-exempt investments, gains and losses, 1031 exchanges, qualified dividends, option strategies, tax deferred investing, passive income and losses, and mutual fund taxation.
If you give away wealth, during life or at death, you may incur federal taxes—and possibly additional state taxes. These taxes include gift, estate, income, and inheritance taxes. You can help protect the assets you transfer from excessive depletion by understanding these taxes and the various strategies you can use to minimize them.
Tax issues are never far from the mind of the business owner, and it’s likely that many of the decisions you make will be tax-based. It starts with the formation of your business and continues through the sale. Your choice of business entity, how you pay out profits to the owners, and your accounting decisions will all have an effect on your tax liability.
Some events in life—retirement, for example—come with tax considerations. Life event planning focuses on the impact of significant events on your life, as well as on the stages of your overall investment plan.