Q: What questions should I ask when choosing an investment adviser or financial planner?

A: Here are some of the questions you should always ask when hiring any financial professional:

*What experience do you have, especially with people in my circumstances?
*Where did you go to school? What is your recent employment history?
*What licenses do you hold? Are you registered with the SEC, a state, or the NASD?
*What products and services do you offer?
*Can you only recommend a limited number of products or services to me? If so, why?
*How are you paid for your services? What is your usual hourly rate, flat fee, or commission?
*Have you ever been disciplined by any government regulator for unethical or improper conduct or been sued by a client who was not happy with the work you did?
*For registered investment advisers, will you send me a copy of both parts of your Form ADV?

Be sure to meet potential advisers “face to face” to make sure you get along. And remember: there are many types of individuals who can help you develop a personal financial plan and manage your hard–earned money. The most important thing is that you know your financial goals, have a plan in place, and check out the professional you chose with your securities regulator.