How We Work

Our operating style is time-tested. We presume integrity, a willingness to trust, and a handshake are the best introduction to partnerships. And from there, our first responsibility is simply to listen. When our clients put problems on the table, we offer an empathetic ear, knowledge, and experience. For over half a century the result has been sound solutions, adapting an array of products and services to the exacting specifications of your plan.

We believe relationships are earned. Our process allows clients to measure our capabilities and judge our performance before they engage our services and in all the stages that follow. Our client relationships span affluent families, entrepreneurial and multigenerational firms, and professional partnerships.

Step 1. Initial Meeting

We listen to client needs, circumstances, and goals. Then let them learn how DavisWalker thinks, so they can evaluate the benefits of proceeding to the next step.

Step 2. Assessment

We engage in a joint information gathering and discovery process, drawing out clients' personal views, current objectives, and past decisions. From this we can determine the appropriate application of the full resources of DavisWalker.

Step 3. Engagement

Clients then receive a written summary of our analysis of problems and opportunities. We set a planning direction, then define strategic issues and solution options. Our compensation is explained so clients can compare costs versus benefits and make an informed decision about our working relationship.

Step 4. Strategy Development

To assure strategies are appropriate from all perspectives, we work closely with our clients' attorneys, accountants, and other professional advisors and add input from internal resources. We prepare agendas to coordinate team responsibilities and timetables, meeting regularly with clients to explore options and define priorities. This ensures that the decisions made reflect a thorough and objective analysis, and ultimately the appropriate solution.

Step 5. Implementation

We continue our role as project manager with all parties to help assure effective implementation. Parties include accountants, attorneys, trust officers, investment brokers, insurance companies, banks, and service vendors.

Step 6: Review

DavisWalker provides ongoing reviews to help determine suitability and measure performance of all elements of our clients' plans in light of changing circumstances. Continual monitoring allows us to respond quickly, implementing modifications to help preempt problems and capture opportunities.