About the Author

Rorik Larson is a fee-only financial planner located in Palos Heights, IL serving clients throughout the Chicago area and across the country. Essential Financial Strategies provides tax focused comprehensive wealth planning, college planning, and retirement planning, to help clients organize, protect, and grow their assets. Essential Financial Strategies serves clients as a fiduciary.

Financially Weathering: More than a Stash of Toilet Paper; Money and More© August 2020

Little did I know when I posted my last blog in February that I would be weathering a financial COVID storm.   As I began tax season, I did not know how life would turn upside down in the coming months.   So much as has changed, including a tax season that never seemed to end. … [Continue]

Taking a break; Money and More© February 2020

Money and More©  will be taking a break during Tax Season. Look for the next post in late April or early May when I come out of being tax comatose.   In the meantime, if your situations merits it,  consider Roth Conversions while the market is down.  

3 Steps to Prep for Tax Preparation; Money and More© January 2020

Having prepared taxes for almost a decade, I have learned what our best clients do to get ready for tax preparation.  US Income Tax law is quite complicated and can be intimidating if not overwhelming.  Before entering the financial planning profession,  I used outside preparers for my increasingly complex personal return.  At that time, I… [Continue]

The Strategic College Plan

Essential Financial Strategies is pleased to announce a new service–The Strategic College Plan.   This service helps families figure out how to pay for college while minimizing  the future burden of college student loans.   Using a sophisticated knowledge base, Rorik Larson assists families to predict their Expected Family Contribution.  Then they can select colleges that fit… [Continue]

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