The Stephenson/Baun Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services, Inc.


Auburn081814FBSO_AUBURSS00001In-Depth, Personalized Financial Planning


How are you set for insurance coverage, cash flow, estate planning, tax management, investments? Are you factoring in Social Security? What about education funding?
Those are a few of the key questions whose responses lock together into a solid financial plan, the type of individualized strategy The Stephenson/Baun Wealth Management Group creates and executes to help build and protect clients’ prosperity. The intention is to answer the bottom-line question – “How is your financial peace of mind?” – with “No lost sleep.” …Read More

Figliulo & Silverman, P.C.


Auburn081814FBSO_AUBURSS00001When Everything’s On the Line,
This Chicago Trial Firm Is the Smart Choice

When Best Lawyers in America listed trial lawyers for “Bet-The-Company Litigation,” no one was surprised to find Jim Figliulo of Chicago’s Figliulo & Silverman in this prestigious group. In one big case after another, the 15-lawyer trial firm has established itself as a “go to” firm for high-stakes business or real estate litigation.

The National Law Journal recognized Figliulo & Silverman for having obtained two of the top 100 jury verdicts in the country in 2009. In one of those cases, Figliulo & Silverman represented a …Read More

Berger Schatz


Auburn081814FBSO_AUBURSS00001Protecting Your Assets in Divorce – It Takes a Powerful Team With Proven Results
Berger Schatz—Matrimonial and Family Law Attorneys

There is something to be said for doing one thing and doing it extremely well. When it comes to matrimonial law, few have a reputation of doing it better than Chicago-based Berger Schatz. It is the second-largest law firm in the nation devoted exclusively to family law and divorce.

“With 35 attorneys, we have the resources to handle a case that a small firm or sole practitioner could not,” says Barry Schatz, co-founding partner of the firm. …Read More

Lauro Law Firm


Auburn081814FBSO_AUBURSS00001Solid, Steady Legal Advice When Crisis Strikes

This is serious. Authorities are asking questions. Reputation – and maybe more – is at stake. How bad will it get? What happens next?
When legal disaster storms into the executive suite, many turn to the Lauro Law Firm, a nationwide practice.

This is a small, boutique, white-collar criminal defense practice founded in 1994. “We represent individuals in their most difficult circumstances imaginable,” says founder John F. Lauro. “Our clients are usually businesspeople who find themselves confronted with either a government indictment or a government investigation that potentially could change their lives forever.” …Read More

Diaz & Harris, P.A.


Auburn081814FBSO_AUBURSS00001“When Products Fail Let Justice Prevail”

Where there’s cigarette smoke, there’s fire, and it’s in the bellies of J.B. Harris and Rick Diaz, attorneys who have joined forces to fight the tobacco industry.

The two are accomplished, seasoned trial lawyers, each with his own legal practice, Diaz in criminal defense and Harris in complex products liability litigation. Together, they are Diaz & Harris, P.A., a force for individuals suing cigarette manufacturers for smoking-related injuries, including lung cancer, COPD and heart disease. …Read More

Ice Appellate


Auburn081814FBSO_AUBURSS00001The First Choice for Second Chances

When a bank foreclosed on
a Florida couple, there were questions about how the lender had arrived at the amount owed. The Florida law firm of Ice Appellate challenged the foreclosure, proving the bank representative who signed the foreclosure document was not personally familiar with the details. As a result, a state appeals court ruled in the homeowners’ favor. The case, Glarum v. LaSalle, was instrumental in having the controversial practice of “robo-signing” by banks declared illegal.
“This case was a game-changer,” says Tom Ice, principal at Ice Appellate. “For the first time, banks were held to the same standard of evidence as anyone else.” …Read More

The Sullivan-Zak Group at Morgan Stanley


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Coordinated Financial Plans Reassure Investors

I thought I would retire at 62. Now it looks more like 72.

“No doubt about it, the face of retirement planning has changed. It’s a much different world than when today’s pre-retirees started their careers. People are working much harder now to get to their goals. And, with concerns about inflation, rising taxes and increases in health care costs hanging over their head, those goals can seem more out of reach than ever,” says Financial Planning Specialist Trish Zak, First Vice President, Financial Advisor of The Sullivan-Zak Group at Morgan Stanley. …Read More

Summit Planning Group, LLC


Auburn081814FBSO_AUBURSS00001Innovative Investment Program Is
Designed to Stand the Test of Time

Even six years after the devastating multi-market collapse of 2008, uncertainty continues to make investors feel vulnerable. “High-net-worth individuals especially feel the pressure as they face complex financial issues that require sophisticated solutions,” says Karl Zirolli, CFP®, AIF®, MS of the Connecticut-based Summit Planning Group, LLC.

As prolonged volatility became the “new normal” in the years after the collapse, Summit further focused on devising an investment strategy that is designed to reduce the potential impact of market volatility and preserve the potential for return. Through its affiliated registered investment advisor, Summit Asset Management, LLC, it developed an innovative approach, refined it based on decades of historical investment returns and rolled out its proprietary investment program, LEVEL 7 PORTFOLIOS.

LEVEL 7 goes beyond traditional diversification. It seeks to effectively mitigate risk by building portfolios from broad asset classes and blending assets that tend not to be closely correlated with one another. “LEVEL 7 is designed to level out the largest swings that place investors at a higher risk of outliving investment assets after retirement,” says Summit’s Brian Onofrio, CPA, its primary architect.

Holistic Advice Tailored for High-Net-Worth Investors
Summit’s clients are business owners, executives, professionals and financially independent retirees, many of whom have relied on Summit for decades for their wealth management, corporate retirement plans, and comprehensive financial and estate planning. Founded in 1995 as an independent advisory firm, Summit includes many advisors who have received the Five Star Wealth Manager recognition.

“Despite the fact that many of our clients are entrepreneurial risk takers at heart, a primary goal is avoiding unnecessary risk (market, tax or otherwise) on the assets they’ve worked hard to accumulate,” explains David Koncz. “As registered investment advisors who operate under a fiduciary standard, it’s our job to make sure they’re not taking undue risks in their financial and business planning.” A comprehensive review cycle to account for changes in the tax law, the economy and in clients’ financial objectives and risk tolerance is utilized to continually monitor and adjust their plans.

“High-net-worth investors are looking for holistic advice tailored to their unique needs,” says Onofrio. “We’ve gathered a team of professionals with diverse backgrounds in accounting, finance, tax and investments who work together to maximize our effectiveness as a firm and for our clients.”  The basis of Summit’s client-centered approach is actively listening to clients before developing comprehensive financial plans that include retirement cash flow analysis, investment portfolio construction, and efficient estate transfer and tax strategies. The coordination of these intertwined financial areas into one smoothly working plan is one of the major factors that differentiate Summit’s wealth management services.

“Although our backgrounds are diverse,” adds Jay Pinto, “we all share a common ‘Serve First’ philosophy that puts our clients’ needs first. This is a basic ingredient for the long-term success of our company.”


420 East Main Street, Suite 11 | Branford, CT 06405 | 203-483-3313
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Summit Planning Group, LLC and Summit Asset Management, LLC are registered investment advisors. Members are registered representatives and offer securities through Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation. Summit Planning Group, LLC and Summit Asset Management, LLC are not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities.   LFS-970286-071714


King, Prell & Associates


Auburn081814FBSO_AUBURSS00001Confidence Shaken, Investors Look for Secure Retirement Plans

A well-known secret among successful people is the power of having a coach to help them achieve at their highest level. “Fresh insights and a sophisticated approach from a financial advisor can be powerful when you want to supercharge your retirement,” says Leigh E. King, CFP®, CLU®, a private wealth advisor with King, Prell & Associates in Simsbury, Connecticut.

Designing high-performance retirement plans is a special focus of King, Prell & Associates. “Most Americans are fearful they’ll outlive their money. …Read More

Capital Wealth Advisors of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC


Auburn081814FBSO_AUBURSS00001Asset Preservation Is Priority for Affluent Families

High-net-worth individuals are most focused on maintaining their quality of life during retirement, funding major obligations and preserving wealth. Taking large risks with their investments just doesn’t match their financial goals.

“Minimizing risks to preserve assets and generating retirement income are the greatest concerns for affluent families. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” says Robert Black, senior vice president at Capital Wealth Advisors, an affiliate of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in West Hartford, Connecticut. …Read More