James Lapera

CPA | Financial Advisor
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James Lapera, CPA joined Forum Financial Management in 2012 and serves as a Financial Advisor in the Lombard office. With more than 25 years in financial services, James enjoys using his financial, tax and business experience to help clients achieve their financial goals. He builds a trusting relationship with his clients to develop a full understanding of their goals, risk tolerance and income needs to create a solid financial plan.

James is a Certified Public Accountant, and he is the managing partner for Pinnacle Financial Solutions PC. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Tell Us About Your Financial Life and Aspirations

Your experience begins with an initial meeting to identify your financial vision for the future and risk tolerance levels. We review our investment philosophy and approach with you so that you fully understand each milestone of our process and how our relationship will evolve over time.

Discuss Topics Crucial to Your Financial Success

Over the course of the next few meetings, the content and breadth of each meeting is defined by your personal needs. We can review your estate planning and risk management needs, discuss retirement accumulation or distribution planning, evaluate educational funding needs, review your tax situation, and go over any other items crucial to your financial success.

Develop a Strategic Plan Unique to You

Once you select an allocation, we put together a strategic implementation plan that will coordinate investment of your portfolio between qualified (tax-advantaged) assets and non-qualified assets in order to maximize tax efficiency. The topics we address during our time with you vary depending on your unique needs and situation.

Putting Your Plan Into Action

We establish your Forum account based on the portfolio allocation we discussed and what we learned about your risk tolerance and financial goals. With your new Forum account now in place, you will have the opportunity to access your Forum Client Portal for the first time and connect with members of the Forum Client Service team.

Review Goals and Plans When Your Life Changes

You will receive reporting that will clearly show your performance net of all fees and compared to applicable market indexes. Additionally your assets are held at a reputable third-party custodian that furnishes independent monthly reports so you can feel confident about the safe handling of your money.

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