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Michael Kitces #FASuccess Podcast: Danna Jacobs on Launching a Firm with her Brother

Danna Jacobs focuses on the financial planning aspect of the business while her brother Robert handles the accounting and tax planning aspects.

 

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Welcome back to the 133rd episode of Financial Advisor Success Podcast!

My guest on today’s podcast is Danna Jacobs. Danna is the co-founder of Legacy Care Wealth and Inspired Vision Accounting, a combination of financial planning and small business accounting firms that serve nearly 80 high-income, next-generation clients. What’s unique about Danna though is that she launched her advisory firm and accounting practice jointly with her brother, where she focuses on the financial planning and he focuses on the accounting and tax planning as they grow the businesses together.

In this episode, we talk in-depth about how Danna’s firm works with next-generation clients, their blended fee model of charging $150 to $250 a month for ongoing planning advice that shifts into an AUM fee as their client’s savings and portfolio grows, the four-meeting financial planning process that all clients go through, the unique ongoing monthly report tracking client cash flows and growth and net worth that they use to show their client’s progress and help justify their ongoing monthly fee and the way they divide up their rotation of quarterly planning meetings for clients between tax planning, debt repayment, insurance matters, and an overall annual review. With the structured agenda that Danna uses for every client meeting covering their accomplishments since the last meeting, current discussion topics, and key client takeaways that become the client’s homework for the next meeting.

We also talk about how Danna and her brother grew the business in the early years, the way they leverage their differentiation as being some of the only fee-only CFP professionals in their area willing to work with young clients with no minimums as a way to get clients through local SEO and the CFP Board’s Find a CFP Professional site, the way they’ve been able to bring in small business owner clients by starting with their bookkeeping needs first, and why Danna doesn’t regret walking away from her prior salary working at a major firm and taking the leap to go out on her own even though it took nearly five years to get back to her prior income.

And be certain to listen to the end where Danna shares why she decided to go out on her own and start an advisory business with her brother and then start her own family and have two children, the way that she balanced early motherhood and the early stages of the business, and how early on she hit the fact that she started a firm with her sibling but now embraces the story as a way to further differentiate the firm.

So whether you interested in learning about the pros and cons of starting a business with a sibling (and how it helps her balance being a mom and a business owner), the services that Danna provides for her clients (and how she charges for them), or the most valuable deliverable that she provides for her younger clients, then we hope you enjoy this episode of the Financial Advisor Success podcast.

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