About Us We strive to build your trust. We volunteer information about our licensing, registration, and compliance records so that you can make a safer advisor selection decision.In addition, as an independent Registered Investment Advisor, we are an acknowledged fiduciary, which means that we are held to the highest ethical standards and must always act in the client's best interest.Michael Evans, CFP® is a:Paladin Registry 5-Star Rated AdvisorMichael Evans, CFP® is a 5-STAR rated advisor, ranked by the highly-respected Paladin Registry of Advisors, an independent and objective rating service of independent advisors. They use an extensive rating process and specific criteria to evaluate advisors. Only 7% of all Paladin rated advisors receive the 5-STAR rating. Paladin's rating process is listed on their website: 5-STAR rating processFiduciary AdvisorMichael Evans, CFP® operates as a "Fiduciary Advisor." An advisor with fiduciary responsibilities is held to the highest ethical standards in the profession and has the ability to provide sophisticated wealth management services and advice. Unlike the industry's typical brokerage account relationship, the fiduciary advisor must always act in the client's best interest.Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)Michael Evans, CFP® is an INDEPENDENT Registered Investment Advisor. Because he has no relationship whatsoever with any Broker/Dealer firm, he has avoided the inherent conflicts of interest created when attempting to serve "two Masters." Registered Investment Advisor regulations define an RIA as "a person or company who, for compensation, engages in the business of advising others about the value of securities or the advisability of purchasing or selling securities. RIAs are required to register with the State Securities Board and regularly receive unannounced field audits by State regulators. By definition and by regulation, RIAs always serve the client in a fiduciary capacity.