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A Declaration For Independence

Why This is Important to You

There are so many decisions to make when considering the move to independence it can be overwhelming. And, they’re not all business decisions. This move will have a significant impact beyond business structure, location, name, and the multitude of other intellectual decisions you will have to make. You also need to address those things keeping you up at night. How will this move impact your family, your lifestyle, your retirement, your clients?

In fact, the first decision you will make is should you do it at all.

How can you address those areas that you know, you don't know, and more importantly, how can you become aware of those things you simply don’t know?

How We Work With You

KaneCarlton is uniquely qualified to help you on both the intellectual and emotional fronts. Our team of consultants and coaches work together to ensure both of these critical aspects of the decision-making process are addressed starting with that first big question, is this right for me?

Our consultants are there to help you make those important business decisions, which define who you are and how you operate. Some of these include:

Brand Identity

Business Model RIA or Hybrid

Financial Pro-forma

Broker-Dealer Selection

RIA Custodian

Performance Reporting System

Due Diligence

CRM System

Product Menu

Business Processes

Client Fee Schedule

Client On-boarding & Legal Matters

Staffing, Job Descriptions & Compensation

Business Development & Marketing

Regulatory Filings & Compliance Procedures

Employee Benefits

Office Furniture & Equipment

Business Capital

Office Location & Space

Client Communications

Contract Negotiations

Technology & Tech Support

Legal Entity






















Our coaches will help you make those important visceral decisions including:

Is Independence Right for me?

Should I partner or go it alone?

What lifestyle changes can I expect?

Do my talents & things I like to do match my plans?

What impact will this have on my family?

What if I find I don’t like it?

What am I really trying to accomplish?

Are my reasons for considering change sound?

How should I select my partners?

Do I need a Plan B?

What do I tell my clients?

Will I miss working with my colleagues?

Who can I trust to help me?

How can I make my spouse comfortable and supportive?

How do I do this without burning bridges?
















Even a quick glance at these items prompts a myriad of additional questions and decisions needing your attention.

Our proprietary process “A Declaration For Independence” addresses each of these components and more. You can choose to have us help with each step on your path to independence or with just those areas for which you specifically need help.

Since we do not receive payment or kickbacks from any vendor or service provider, our focus is always were it should be – on you.

What This Means For You

  • You get the answers you need from people you trust
  • You are making informed decisions eliminating costly or fatal mistakes
  • You will sleep better at night knowing that you have thoroughly evaluated your options, leaving no stone unturned
  • You will have the confidence that comes from knowing you have well over a century of combined experience focused on helping you.
  • You will have the solace that comes from knowing that while you are working with your clients, a team of trusted and experienced professionals is working behind the scenes to make your dream a reality (and not a nightmare)
  • You will save money by avoiding costly mistakes, by staying focused and having a team of seasoned veterans negotiating the best price and terms from your service providers.

Who Will Help You

Kane Carlton is a consortium of the best and brightest talent in the wealth management industry. This confederation of seasoned professionals combines decades of practical experience in highly specialized disciplines with a no-nonsense, innovative, results-driven focus on a singular mission - to help you.

The Consultants

Tom Kane

Thomas C. Kane, Founder and Chief Transformation Strategist

Learn more about Tom and how his 35 years of practical experience in financial services can help you.




Henry Moreault, Wealth Industry Advisor

Henry D. Morneault, Consulting Associate
Operations Strategist and Transition Expert

Learn more about Henry and how his two decades of specialized knowledge can help you.



Why Kane Carlton

We are an organization of practitioners, not a group of theorists who may have spent a year or two on the front lines of financial services. We have the scars, lumps, and gray hair that allow us to guide you on your quest to grow and protect your business.

We have deep-rooted practical experience in running almost every facet of a wealth management business -- even the most technical, arcane and specialized parts.

We are objective. We approach every relationship with an open mind and we have no ties to any vendor, service provider or other source that might sway our ability to keep your best interest first.

We are nimble and innovative, yet practical. We understand solutions and strategies are of no value if they are merely aspirations that will not or cannot be successfully implemented.

We are going to help you make good decisions -- the right decisions, the first time.

Learn more about our firm and how we help advisors like you.

Who We Have Helped

See a partial list of financial institutions like yours that we have helped.

Where You Begin