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For me, retirement planning means more than providing my clients with investment advice. It means helping them maintain the financial independence they’ve worked their whole lives to achieve. It means striving to ensure they have the means to pursue what’s most important to them. And it means understanding them as people with unique goals, values and circumstances that determine the strategies I develop on their behalf.My consultative process begins with an in-depth discussion of your current finances and future objectives. We’ll address issues you might have overlooked that can have a significant impact on your ability to retire as planned. Finally, we’ll determine how we can help you adjust your investment strategy as necessary to accommodate changing conditions and meet any unforeseen expenses and income demands that may arise during retirement.I have more than 20 years experience as a Financial Advisor.  As part of the comprehensive wealth management approach, I strive to advise clients on investments and asset allocation models.  My knowledge in financial planning, retirement, estate, education, and charitable giving strategies helps to ensure that we provide comprehensive financial planning to every one of our clients.  In addition to receiving my Certified Financial Planner designation, I am a licensed investment and insurance professional.  I attended East Carolina University and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance graduating with honors achieving the status of Cum Laude.  I have been married to my wife, Amy, for over 20 years and have four children.  We currently live in Catonsville, Maryland.
Services Include
  • Financial Planning1
  • Professional Portfolio Management2
  • Wealth Management3
  • Retirement Planning4
  • 401(k) Rollovers
  • Planning for Education Funding5
  • UGMA/UTMA6
  • 529 Plans7
  • Fixed Income8
  • Certificates of Deposit9
Securities Agent: CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, TX, VA, WI, WV; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative; Managed Futures
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Client Service Team

  • Stephen Arthur Hord - Portfolio Associate, Financial Planning Associate
    Stephen A. Hord joined Michael Lawrence in 2005 and before that he was with Legg Mason Wood Walker in Washington, DC.  With more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge in the administrative processes.  He plays an integral part in the new account process and transferring of assets.  Steve also assists our clients with accessing their accounts through online access and setting up e-delivery.   In addition to the designation of Financial Planning Associate, Steve has his Series 7 and Series 66 registrations.   In his personal time, he is a musician at his church in Severn, MD and a long distance runner.  He and his wife Nikki have been married for 18 years and have two children.  They currently live in Hanover, Maryland.

Location

6230 Old Dobbin Lane
Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21045
US
Direct:
(443) 259-3026(443) 259-3026
Toll Free:
(888) 318-5344(888) 318-5344
Fax:
(443) 472-4750(443) 472-4750
Investment and Market Perspectives

On the Markets

Retirement

Working with you to understand your life goals and develop a personalized wealth strategy. Today and for the years to come.
  • 401(k) Rollovers
  • IRA Plans
  • Retirement Income Strategies
  • Retirement Plan Participants
  • Annuities
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Investing

Working closely with you to guide your wealth and investments through the most challenging market cycles.
  • Asset Management
  • Wealth Planning
  • Traditional Investments
  • Alternative Investments
  • Impact Investing
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Family

Creating customized financial strategies for the challenges that today's families face.
  • Estate Planning Strategies
  • 529 Plans / Education Savings Planning
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Trust Services
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Business Planning

Helping you on key aspects of your business such as ownership, liquidity and developing opportunities.
  • Succession Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Retirement Plan Sponsors
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Corporate Pension Funds
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Making sure your philanthropic dollars are managed with the same high quality service as the rest of your wealth.
  • Endowments
  • Foundations
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Impact Investing
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7Investors should consider many factors before deciding which 529 plan is appropriate. Some of these factors include: the Plan’s investment options and the historical investment performance of these options, the Plan’s flexibility and features, the reputation and expertise of the Plan’s investment manager, Plan contribution limits and the federal and state tax benefits associated with an investment in the Plan. Some states, for example, offer favorable tax treatment and other benefits to their residents only if they invest in the state’s own Qualified Tuition Program. Investors should determine their home state’s tax treatment of 529 plans when considering whether to choose an in-state or out-of-state plan. Investors should consult with their tax or legal advisor before investing in any 529 Plan or contact their state tax division for more information. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC does not provide tax and/or legal advice. Investors should review a Program Disclosure Statement, which contains more information on investment options, risk factors, fees and expenses and possible tax consequences.

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