OUR MISSION is to help families and businesses gain clarity over their financial future.

A Message from Douglas Benson Jr. CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®

"As a Wealth Management Advisor backed by a team with over three decades of experience in the industry, it is my mission to help clients attain financial security for their families and businesses. Our firm is committed to providing expert guidance and innovative solutions as clients are making some of the most important planning decisions of their lives. We thoroughly enjoy the relationships we have been able to cultivate with clients and their families, and we strive to serve them with the utmost integrity."

We will become an advocate for YOUR VISION, helping to organize your financial life and identify the necessary actions that will make your vision a REALITY.

As your financial PARTNER, we will down your path TOGETHER, taking on both the challenges and the opportunities that are inevitable in this changing world.


Financial Planning

We place you (the client) at the center of our Wealth Management and Retirement Income planning process and build a customized plan based on your unique goals and circumstances. We insist on understanding all facets of your financial plan before making any specific recommendations and will work in conjunction with other members of your team (CPA, Attorney, Banker, etc.) to insure your plan is executed appropriately.

Wealth Accumulation & Distribution

Now more than ever, planning for your retirement is critical. Gone are the days when pensions and Social Security provided all the income you needed for retirement. The new reality is that you are responsible for managing your own retirement, and that starts with making sure you're strategic in your planning.

We can help. Our approach to retirement planning is designed to help you get to - and through - retirement with a greater level of financial confidence, so you can relax knowing you have a road map to achieve your goals.

You'll want to start by considering how much to save for retirement and where to save it. By accumulating as much as you can as soon as you can, you can put time on your side - time to plan, time to weather the ups and downs of the market and time to let your money grow.

And then, as you zero in on retirement, you'll need a different set of objectives to manage risk and make your money last through retirement.

Investment Analysis

Your goal to achieve financial security will undoubtedly include investing for your future. We can offer you the expertise to ensure your investment strategy is aligned with your goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. Through our team and resources available, we can also help you choose an asset allocation strategy and build a custom portfolio tailored to your financial goals. During regular reviews with our team, you'll have the opportunity to reassess your goals and re balance your portfolio accordingly.

Risk Management Solutions

When your financial plan includes wealth protection and risk management, you'll be helping to ensure your family - and your vision for the future - is secure.

We'll work with you to develop strategies to:

  • Provide for your family in the event of death.
    • Life insurance policies can be designed with different needs in mind. They can provide temporary protection, cash accumulation or may be utilized as part of an estate plan. Through our association with Northwestern Mutual, we have access to Northwestern Mutual's high-quality, competitively priced, life insurance products, including permanent, term, combination and variable policies.
  • Provide for you and your family in the event of a disability.
    • Disability income insurance helps to protect your most valuable asset, your ability to earn an income. But what if the unexpected happened and you sudden weren't able to earn a living because of illness or injury? Not only would you have the stress of meeting everyday living expenses, but you might also have to put other goals, like saving for a child's college or for retirement, on hold.
  • Provide for long-term care.
    • Long-term Care events can have a significant impact on your financial security. Planning for long-term care events can help provide options on how to fund and receive care, should you need it.

Business Planning

We work with business owners throughout all stages of the business life cycle from start-up to succession. We partner with additional advisors to help develop and implement the drivers that can create, grow, and protect your business's value. These areas would include:

  • Business Succession: Take advantage of our expertise, strategies, and tools to smoothly transition your business to the next generation of owners.

  • Risk Management: Protect your business against two critical risks - disability and/or premature death of owners and key employees.

  • Non-Qualified Benefits: Use non-qualified plans to supplement existing benefit plans to recruit, retain, and reward valuable contributors to your business.

Estate Planning

You work your whole life to build your estate. Building a lasting legacy takes more than simply accumulating a large portfolio. You need a solution that remains flexible enough to allow you to maintain maximum control of your assets and enjoy them during your lifetime while you prepare for the efficient transfer of assets after you die. We work collaboratively with you to ensure that your goals relating to a financially secure retirement and legacy planning are properly identified. We ensure a disciplined, realistic plan is put in place to achieve success.

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The Northwestern Mutual Difference

We make plans for people, not just money. So no matter your goals, we have access to top rated products and services to help you meet each one.

  • Best Life Insurance Company ranked by NerdWallet, 2019 to 20201
  • AAA, Aaa, and AA+ the highest financial strength ratings of any life insurer from all four major rating agencies2
  • Top 10 U.S. Independent Investment Broker-Dealers3
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2Northwestern Mutual continues to have the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any U.S. life insurer by all four of the major rating agencies: A.M. Best Company, A++ (highest), April 2020; Fitch Ratings, AAA (highest), August 2020; Moody’s Investors Service, Aaa (highest), December 2020; S&P Global Ratings, AA+ (second highest), June 2020. Third-party ratings are subject to change. Ratings are for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

3Measured by 2020 total revenues. Ranking for Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC. Sources: Financial Advisor magazine and Investment News, April 2021.

Douglas Benson Jr, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, RICP®
Wealth Management Advisor

Benson Wealth Management

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