About Merrithew & Thorsten, Inc.

Who We Are

Merrithew & Thorsten, Inc. is a personal financial advisory firm dedicated to providing comprehensive financial planning to middle America on a fee-only basis.

Our goal is to form long-term, fiduciary relationships with our clients in order to create, implement and manage holistic financial plans on an on-going, proactive basis. We seek to minimize client expenses and to eliminate all conflicts of interest between our clients and ourselves. Trust is the central element in the client/advisor relationship. By working with clients on a continuous basis and eliminating all conflicts of interest, our clients can be certain that we have only their best interests in mind.

What Makes Us Different?

There are two factors that distinguish Merrithew & Thorsten, Inc. from the bulk of the financial planning/brokerage industry: our fee-only compensation system and our holistic approach.

A fee-only compensation structure is essential in ensuring that a financial advisor is thinking only of the client's best interests. We are compensated for our services through an annual retainer fee. Our clients know, up front, how much they will be billed and what services they will receive. There are never any hidden charges or added costs.

We have no products to sell - only our services. We do not sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds or insurance. We earn no commissions whatsoever. We have nothing to gain through our recommendations other than our clients' satisfaction. Again, there are no conflicts of interest.

Our holistic approach ensures that our clients' financial plans are complete and integrated. It is not sufficient to have only a well-structured investment plan. Investment decisions must take into account careful tax planning as well as estate and insurance planning. All of our recommendations take into consideration the effect that they will have on all other aspects of our clients' financial lives. In addition to a complete, integrated plan, we work with our clients on an on-going basis to proactively manage that plan. A financial plan is not static. A financial plan should not be a one-time, hardbound snap-shot. A true financial plan is dynamic. It is constantly evolving.


Leslie Merrithew CFP®, E.A.

Registered Investment Advisor
Les Merrithew entered into the financial planning profession in 1980 as a tax preparer. To this date the firm has a practice of over 400 individual...

Our Services


Retirement Planning

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Estate Planning

For some people, financial planning is mainly concerned with how best to go about building a nest egg, and how to make it last through retirement. But for many, there is a desire to ensure their estate delivers benefits beyond their own retirement, and produces a lasting legacy even after they have...

Financial Planning

Many individuals confuse financial planning with general savings and investing advice. While how to save (and how much!), and where and when to invest those savings, is every bit important, prudent Financial Planning goes much beyond the realm of just saving and investing. The sooner you understand...

Investment Planning

While many of us don’t realize it, we are constantly engaged in subconscious acts of investment planning. We plan how we can best invest the limited time we have at our disposal. Would the 2-hours we have best be spent visiting a friend at the hospital, or would it be better invested, say, by taking...


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