Welcome to the Wine Country!
I am Byron Hancock, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and Accredited Investment Fiduciary in Sonoma, California. I feel my life matters when I enhance the lives of others.
It is then my goal to help people plan for Retirement and live in dignity throughout it, sustaining inter-generational wealth for the benefit of a family legacy, along with their philanthropic community interests.
I nurture relationships and can help you find solutions to your unique financial picture by listening to the concerns that might keep you up at night. A healthy lifetime lasting longer than your retirement funds? Or how best to pay for senior care when you can’t take care of yourself? What happens to your family, or business, financially and beyond the emotional devastation, if something happens to you unexpectedly? Is your family enabled to settle estate taxes without liquidating the family property for which you’ve worked so hard?
After discovering your financial situation and concerns, a financial plan is developed and focused on moving you towards your own personal life goals.
Working with your other professionals in the quarterback role as your Trusted Advisor, I recognize the need to earn your trust and confidence. I present various unbiased options with the pros and cons of each. At the heart of it all is the implementation of creative solutions across a variety of financial instruments, with concern for simplicity, current tax law and the inevitable changing economic horizon.
Being independently owned and operated, I am not captive to any one company, product or service. Nor are there monthly quotas to meet, nor mandatory products to sell. This gives me the latitude to select from whatever insurance plan and investment program feels right for YOU. ALWAYS. Service and integrity are in my DNA.
The Facts About Income Tax
Millions faithfully file their 1040 forms each April. But some things about federal income taxes may surprise you.
A Look at Diversification
Diversification is an investment principle designed to manage risk, but it can't prevent against a loss.
The Most Overlooked Item of Any Home Improvement
The item most homeowners forget on their home improvement project checklist is insurance.
Workers 50+ may make contributions to their qualified retirement plans above the limits imposed on younger workers.
Having your identity stolen may result in financial loss plus the cost of trying to restore your good name.
Estate management can help ensure that your assets are transferred according to your wishes while managing tax issues.
Have income that isn’t subject to tax withholding? Or insufficient withholdings? You may have to pay estimated taxes.
In the event of an unforeseen accident or illness, disability insurance may be a good way to protect your income and savings.
Many Americans are operating their personal finances with only the barest minimum of knowledge.
Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.
This calculator can help determine whether it makes sense to refinance your mortgage.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
This calculator estimates your chances of becoming disabled and your potential need for disability insurance.
This calculator compares the net gain of a taxable investment versus a tax-favored one.
Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement
A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.
Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.
Do you know how long it may take for your investments to double in value? The Rule of 72 is a quick way to figure it out.
Retirees look for ways to convert savings and investments into regular income. One option to consider is an annuity.
There are three things to consider before dipping into retirement savings to pay for college.
Though we don’t like to think about it, all of us will make an exit sometime. Are you prepared?
As the economy gathers momentum, many are waiting for their personal finances to gather momentum, too.
Despite recent tax-law changes, many Americans are expected to pay the AMT this year.