Interviewing at least four to five financial advisors from different firms will give you an unbiased opinion when deciding on whom to work with. Most advisors don't charge fees for initial meetings, so don't be shy when asking for a complimentary interview.
Go to each meeting prepared with a list of questions. Your questions should address things such as how long advisors have been in business, the demographics of their current clients and the average net worth of each client.
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The answers you receive will help you make your decision, so be selective with your questions. For example, if you find that the advisor's clients' average net worth is drastically different than yours, you should question his or her ability or willingness to service you. In addition, an advisor who works primarily with retirement plans for small businesses may not be a good fit if you're looking for estate-planning advice.
During the interview process, a good advisor will gather basic information about you and, in many cases, will address immediate concerns relevant to your situation. For example, if the advisor learns that you recently received a large lump-sum payment from a settlement or inheritance, he or she should emphasize the impact that taxes may have on your investments. This should give you the impression the advisor cares and knows how to help you.