How Can We Help You
We started as a CPA firm in 1985 and catered to the unique needs of San Francisco Bay Area individuals, families, businesses, and trusts. In 1999 we added our Wealth Management division to provide investment advisory and financial planning. Our Wealth Management and CPA firm are in one location to allow our team to provide you coordinated investment, tax, and planning services.
Our services include investment management and robust planning for: employer stock options, executive compensation, retirement income, estate and gift tax, college, cash flow, and real property. Get in touch with us and let’s get to know each other. We’ll talk about your current situation and come up with an actionable plan.
COMPREHENSIVE WEALTH MANAGEMENT
We believe that to properly manage your assets, we need to have a complete picture of who you are and what you hope to achieve. We begin by working with you to complete a balance sheet, and then have detailed conversations to fully understand what is most important to you. Our team asks questions and listens carefully, and we explain complex strategies in simple, easy-to-understand terms so you can make informed decisions.
What are your immediate concerns?
What are your long term goals?
Are you aware of your options in the way of investment or tax strategies?
What are the risks that should be protected against?
Does your financial plan consider your entire picture?
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION &
For many, concentrated employer stock positions constitute a significant portion of their wealth. We guide you through the income tax implications and regulatory complexities of executive compensation and develop and implement plans to pursue particular cash needs, diversify holdings, and ensure alignment with your financial objectives. We will work with your tax professional, corporate counsel and broker; providing valuable independent counsel. Planning includes:
10b5-1 Plan Design and Implementation
Restricted Stock Units (RSUs)
Non-Qualified Stock Options (NQSOS)
Incentive Stock Options (ISOS)
Employee Stock Purchase Plans (ESPPs)
Blackout Period and Trading Window Observance
Income Tax Planning (Federal, state, AMT)
The same diligence and careful planning that led to your financial achievements are equally important for growing and preserving your wealth. Our approach combines traditional asset allocation with a forward-looking assessment of potential risk. We believe that risk is more than just volatility; risk is anything that might keep you from achieving your most important goals.
Diversification and proper asset allocation are critical, and we work closely with you to make sure you have an investment portfolio that has been tailored to your unique needs and situation. There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. Diversification does not protect against market risk. When constructing a client portfolio, there are several tools and strategies at our availability:
Strategies that seek to maximize long-term growth while minimizing tax cost.
Strategies designed to tax-efficiently diversify a highly appreciated, concentrated portfolio. Perhaps a result of long-term held employer stock or legacy, inherited positions.
Strategies designed to meet distribution requirements of charitable or other irrevocable trusts with distribution mandates.
We can help you navigate the tax implications of your decisions. We help manage your tax burden while addressing your overall financial goals and determine the appropriate tax strategies to work towards your financial objectives.
Examples of tax planning include:
Capital gain and loss timing
Stock option planning
Social Security analysis
Tax deferred retirement plans
Business succession planning
Trust funding and estate settlement
Residence or rental property sale, purchase or exchange
Plan cash needs for tax payments
TAX RETURN SERVICES
Tax return services provided by Brickley & Company CPA Inc., our separate firm. We prepare income tax returns for individuals, families, and trusts in coordination with investment and wealth management planning as provided by Brickley Wealth Management. Our coordinated approach and depth of experience in tax planning and preparation allows us to smoothly navigate through the complexities in preparing you returns.
Just like the families we serve, we are a multi-generational family-run office that works together to provide our clients with comprehensive planning and wealth management.
Through our own family experience, we emphasize a multi-generational approach, developing and implementing tax-efficient wealth transfer strategies that address the unique circumstances and objectives of each family member. The head of our firm, Steve Brickley, together with his son, Nathan, and his nephew Aaron, facilitate family interaction and knowledge sharing through multi-generational engagements.
Our long-tenured, highly experienced team marries technical competency with personal commitment to ensure a clear focus on long-term objectives.
Facilitating conversations surrounding family finances, values, and passing on an affluent legacy
Guidance in teaching the next generation to handle the affluence they receive
An understanding that each generation is unique and must be understood and approached differently.
Brickley Wealth Management is able to provide professional trustee services through the Charles Schwab and Company. As you consider wealth preservation, you will come to a point where you have to select a trustee to carry out your wishes. This trustee can either be an individual, such as a family member, or a professional trustee, such as a trust company. Trustee selection carries significant responsibility. Impartiality, expertise, and continuity are a few of the many qualities that you should consider when deciding on a trustee. Often, many turn to professional trustee services to assist in administering the complexities of their trust. Using a professional trustee can help ensure that your goals and objectives will be carried out as you intend. Examples of trusts we work frequently with include:
Revocable Living Trust
Special Needs Trust
Survivor's and Bypass Trusts
Charitable Remainder and Lead Trusts (CRT & CLT)
If you are an executor, trustee, successor trustee or financial representative in settling an estate, we can assist you on the tax matters of the estate or trust. We can involve you as much or as little as you prefer and move to the desired outcome, in a timely manner.
Philanthropy is at the heart of many individuals’ personal and financial aspirations. While maintaining and growing your assets are critical, equally important is developing a strategy for leaving behind a legacy and having the freedom to pursue what is most important to you. By working closely with you and your family, we can help you establish a sustainable giving platform to support the causes you are most passionate about in a strategic and impactful manner.
Charitable giving provides personal satisfaction to the donor along with estate and income tax deductions to manage taxes. From a financial planning perspective, lifetime charitable gifts are generally done to achieve income tax deductions and slow the growth of an estate. We can work with you to select an appropriate gifting strategy in order to work towards your desired objectives.
Donor Advised Fund