Michael J. Garry, CFP®, JD/MBA
Michael Garry is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and a NAPFA-registered Financial Advisor. He is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA).
Michael was featured in the Wall Street Journal in the December 13, 2010 edition of the paper. He was part of its 2011 Advisor Roundtable and discussed working with clients and what to expect for 2011. Since then he has been fortunate enough to appear in the Wall Street Journal and its sister publications several more times.
Michael recently published his first book: Independent Financial Planning: Your Ultimate Guide to Finding and Choosing the Right Financial Planner
Michael is a frequent expert contributor to financial publications, and has also been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s, BusinessWeek.com, CNNMoney.com, Consumer Reports Money Advisor, Investment News, The Bucks County Courier Times, Financial Advisor, and other periodicals; he has written articles for The Bucks County Courier Times, Yardley News, Outlook Magazine, and the Yardley Voice. Go here to see a partial listing of Michael’s quotes and TV and radio appearances.
St. Mary’s Medical Center has appointed Michael to serve on its Planned Giving Advisory Committee.
Michael served as an Arbitrator for FINRA – Dispute Resolution from 2006 to 2016. Arbitrators serve in panels and hear and decide cases involving disputes between securities firms, their employees, and/or the public.
Michael earned a B.S. in Finance and an MBA in Finance from Saint Joseph’s University, and a law degree (JD) from the Widener University School of Law, where he concentrated in tax, securities, and estate planning.
Michael began his career as an intern with the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and was admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Bars. Michael served as a practicing attorney at two Philadelphia law firms.
Expanding his career horizons, Michael moved to Merrill Lynch & Co. where as a financial advisor, he developed broad – based financial plans that encompassed high net-worth clients’ insurance, tax, investment, retirement, and estate planning needs.
Later, Michael joined Global Investment Management, where as Vice-President and Chief Compliance Officer he oversaw the 25-year old Registered Investment Advisory firm’s operations and legal compliance. He also developed and monitored the implementation of appropriate investment policies and advanced wealth planning techniques to address clients’ financial objectives.
In February of 2006, Michael formed Yardley Wealth Management, LLC to better serve the needs of his clients. At Yardley Wealth Management, Michael, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM practitioner applies his experience, financial industry knowledge, and legal background to provide a seamless, thoughtful approach to wealth management.
In February of 2007, Michael formed a law firm, Yardley Estate Planning, LLC to work in conjunction with his wealth management firm and provide Estate Planning services to Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents. Yardley Estate Planning is a law firm dedicated exclusively to Estate Planning, which includes planning for and addressing legacy, inheritance and tax issues; and drafting wills, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney, and other Estate Planning tools and documents.
Married for over 23 years, Michael and his wife have three daughters. He has coached several of his daughters’ Yardley Makefield Soccer (YMS), and YMCA soccer and basketball teams, and he has completed the Philadelphia Marathon, the Philadelphia Distance Run, the Broad Street Run, the American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon, and the Philadelphia and Marsh Creek Triathlons. In 2011, he finished the Quakerman Half Triathlon, which is a 71 mile race (1.2 mile swim, 56.7 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run), winning the Clydesdale (men over 200 lbs.) division.