Taking care of your family and other people in your life
- Trust & Estate Services2
- Education Funding Strategies1
We are a dedicated group of financial advisors and client associates who work closely with other special-needs professionals and family members to improve the long-term well-being of individuals who are unable to care for themselves. Our work is more than a profession — it’s a passion. For decades we have focused on providing financial strategies to address the challenges and issues that you and your clients face.
We understand the implications of the Uniform Prudent Investment Act, California Probate Code, California Rules of the Court and National Guardianship Standards. We help professional advisors and family members institute investment standards through process-oriented investing that is well documented, regularly revisited, and clearly communicated.
Speak to us for a few minutes, and you may quickly perceive how we can help alleviate some key financial challenges that special-needs clients—and their support network—face. We have extensive experience collaborating with Private Professional Fiduciaries, Corporate Trustees, Estate Planning Attorneys, and Personal Injury Attorneys.
The Special Needs Team, when appropriate, works with other advisors for specific clients' situations. Three such people are:
Donovan Filpi, CFP®, CRPC®
We work closely with Private Professional Fiduciaries to promote the long-term well-being of beneficiaries through process-based investing and committed service.
We are skilled in the following areas:
We help estate planning attorneys mediate conflicts among family members, drawing on our extensive knowledge of successor trusteeship and sub-trust issues.
Through customized financial strategies, we provide a rational process for balancing the needs of current and remainder beneficiaries, and promote the timely resolution of disputes among litigating parties.
We are skilled in the following areas:
We intimately understand the challenges and issues that families face in pursuing a more secure financial future for children, parents, siblings, or other loved ones.
We believe our strength in this area is demonstrated in the following ways:
How we can help:
Supported by the global resources of Merrill Lynch, our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.
We along with your tax professional can help you understand how it might affect your investment strategy
We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill Lynch, trust and fiduciary services from U.S. Trust, and the banking convenience of Bank of America to help you pursue your goals. We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.
1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
We understand that both your life and the financial markets can change over time. By periodically checking in to discuss changes in your life and revisiting your financial strategy, our goal is to help give you peace of mind* that you're on track to help achieve what's most important to you.
We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.
Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.
MyMerrill is your destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities.
*Peace of mind is an aspirational state of mind that clients hope to achieve. There are no guaranteed results following completion of the Goals-Based Wealth Management process because markets can fluctuate and investments can lose value. Advisors work with clients to help them understand how the goals based wealth management process can help to address their concerns, financial situation and priorities.
Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, we can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can we offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the ongoing advice you need to help you manage fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.
As Merrill Lynch financial advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to pursue your goals.
We put you first, every day.
Learn more about the dedicated one-on-one relationship you can have with a Merrill Lynch financial advisor.
Getting to know you is our primary goal.
Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill Lynch, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.
We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.