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Your Free Private Retirement Assessment

We have designed a process to help you (and us) make an informed and educated decision about working together. 

Learning our process will give you a framework for evaluating us and other firms you might be considering.

Schedule Complimentary 15-Min Call

Schedule Complimentary 15-Min Call

Step #1 - Schedule Complimentary 15-Min Call

15-Minute Call

We want to ensure your situation matches our expertise.

After all, you wouldn't see a Neurosurgeon if you needed heart surgery!

No Cost or Obligation

The goal of this meeting is to get crystal clear on your goals, intentions, challenges, and opportunities unique to your situation and circumstances. We want to know exactly how we can help before you pay.

4 Big Answers

You will finish with answers to the four biggest questions about retirement:

1. Are you on track to reach your long-term goals?

2. Are you overpaying your taxes?

3. Can your portfolio be improved?

4.Can you eliminate, or at least reduce threats to your retirement?



Sherman Private Wealth is an independent financial services and investment planning firm specializing in supporting professionals and those 5-7 years from retirement.  With over 20 years’ experience in the banking and financial industry we have developed and refined a process that helps our clients gain confidence and clarity in their financial future by seeking to put all the pieces of the financial puzzle together.


We believe that your life will have its own pattern of Critical Financial Events. We design strategies that seek to anticipate these future events, and equip you to navigate through them as they occur.  Our Critical Financial Events philosophy to financial planning aims to lead to greater happiness, financial confidence, and overall success.  Our 360˚ view of your financial world can help improve overall performance, minimize the impact of debt and taxes and enhance your lifestyle.

Our Private Client Experience

Our first priority is helping you take care of yourself and your family. We want to learn more about your personal situation, identify your dreams and goals, and understand your tolerance for risk. Long-term relationships that encourage open and honest communication have been the cornerstone of my foundation of success.

Our site is filled with educational videos, articles, slideshows, and calculators designed to help you learn more. As you search our site, send me a note regarding any questions you may have about any particular investment concepts or products. We'll get back to you quickly with a thoughtful answer.

1: Initial Phone Meeting

1: Initial Phone Meeting

Before committing your time or ours, this 15-minute phone call will give us both a chance to make sure your situation matches our expertise. After all, you wouldn’t see a Neurosurgeon if you needed heart surgery.

If we aren’t a good fit, either way, you’ll leave the conversation with an action plan: we’ll gladly introduce you to a firm who may be better suited to your needs.

2: First Office Meeting

2: First Office Meeting

Prescription without evaluation and diagnosis is malpractice.

The goal of this meeting is to get crystal clear on your goals, intentions, challenges, and opportunities unique to your situation and circumstances.

Before this meeting, we will request a few important documents. This data will drive our analysis and result in plain-English answers to the four critical questions.

3: Our Analysis

3: Our Analysis

This is where the magic happens.

We will apply 15+ years of experience, thousands of hours of training, studying, and mentoring by the profession’s top experts to answer the following four critical questions:

  1. Are you on track to reach your long-term goals (e.g., Can you afford to retire? or Can you live a work-optional lifestyle?)?
  2. Are you overpaying your taxes?
  3. Can your portfolio be improved?
  4. Can you eliminate, or at least reduce threats to your retirement?
4: Second Meeting

4: Second Meeting

This is where the rubber meets the road.

 With the analysis complete, we will have a second meeting to review the results.

 In plain English, we will explain exactly what you need to do to pursue your financial goals. We will also answer the four critical questions we asked during our analysis.

 This is where you will see, in dollars and cents, how our firm works to improve your finances.

 At the end of this meeting, we will ask you if you would like to begin working with our firm or if you’d like to sleep on it.

5: Underwrite

5: Underwrite

We are looking for long-term client relationships, not a quick transaction.

To help you make a smart decision, you will want to answer these questions:

  • Do I like, value, and respect the Sherman Private Wealth team?
  • Do the benefits outweigh the cost?
  • Do I understand and agree with their investment approach?
  • Do their financial planning recommendations make sense?

 We will follow-up within a few days to determine how you would like to move forward.

6: Third Meeting/Getting Started

6: Third Meeting/Getting Started

We are truly honored to be working with you. Before the fun begins, we will regroup (via phone or in-person) to answer any outstanding questions and set expectations for the new client process.

 Before this meeting, we will have sent you a detailed breakdown of this process and addressed any concerns.


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You can also call our direct line at (248) 805-1123 if you just have a few questions for us. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes! While many of our clients are in Michigan and Illinois, we work with retirement savers all over the United States. Our firm is equipped to meet with clients and potential clients through the video conferencing software, Zoom. Each virtual meeting is protected by a complex, unique password, and we adhere to the strict security guidelines necessary to protect your privacy.

Our Private Client Experience is a one-time process that results in a fully custom Retirement & Tax Plan. We do not charge for the Executive Summary Plan produced from our Private Client Experience. With the plan complete, you will have the option to engage us for full-service, ongoing services. (i.e., Hire us to do the heavy lifting for you!) Our full-service model includes ongoing oversight of investments, plan updates, tax planning, and coordinates the components involved in delivering reliable retirement paychecks. The annual fee typically ranges from $7,000/year to $50,000/year, depending on complexity.

Good financial planning is a process, not an event. Therefore, we do our best work with people looking for a long-term relationship. Our firm does not offer an hourly fee schedule or a one-time project fee option. The exception is if you are interested in hiring our firm for long-term retirement planning and investment management but are within just a few years from being able to rollover your retirement nest egg. We are not currently equipped to offer hourly planning services. If you need help locating an hourly financial planner, send us a note, and we will do our best to get you in the right hands. Through the Private Client Experience, if we mutually determine we're the right long-term partner, you will have the option to move into our full-service wealth management model where Sherman Private Wealth provides ongoing oversight of investments, plan updates, tax planning, and coordinates the components involved in delivering reliable retirement paychecks.

There are three really important things about our firm that separate us from others: 1. All we do is retirement planning. We are retirement specialists with the simple goal of making sure you retire with confidence and don't overpay the IRS. 2. We limit the number of new clients we take on to deliver massive value and personalized service. 3. We begin every new relationship with a one-time retirement plan, allowing you to work closely with us before hiring us for ongoing services. 4. We study hard so we can recommend creative, well-researched strategies that will make the biggest impact on your retirement success. This is why we are so serious about forward-looking tax planning, where lifetime savings from these strategies alone can be hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Great question! But first, let us explain why you shouldn't hire us. If you're looking for an advisor who will trade stocks to "beat the market," you're in the wrong place. Why? Because we only focus on what you can control. Predicting if the stock market will go up or down, or guessing what interest rates will do next, are not things you can control. But if you're interested in things like lowering your tax bill, investing smarter, and creating a retirement income stream, you're in the right place.