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Welcome to Luallen, Cearlock, Barth & Burnam, Ltd.  Certified Public Accountants and Consultants

Over the last 60 years, Luallen, Cearlock Barth & Burnam, Ltd. has built its reputation on providing exceptional accounting, tax, audit and bookkeeping services for our clients throughout the Vandalia, Greenville, and Highland, Illinois areas.  The firm's professionals bring a wealth of experience in accounting, tax and business consulting services to help you and your business succeed.  We understand the financial challenges that our families and business owners face and are here to help you pursue your goals.  At Luallen, Cearlock, Barth & Burnam, Ltd., we are not just accountants, we are your trusted financial partners.

For over 20 years, Joe Cearlock has been providing Financial Planning and Wealth Management Services to his clients.  With over 30 years experience as a CPA, he can consolidate the financial planning processes of investment, retirement, income tax, estate and risk management planning all in one office.

Our offices are conveniently located at 1007 North Eight St, Vandalia, IL, 114 North Second St, Greenville, IL and 1101 Main St, Highland, IL.

Investment and financial planning services are offered by Joseph Cearlock through his affiliation with HD Vest.

Helpful Content

Choices for Your 401(k) at a Former Employer

Choices for Your 401(k) at a Former Employer

Individuals have three basic choices with the 401(k) account they accrued at a previous employer.

Four Reasons Millennials Need an Estate Strategy

Four Reasons Millennials Need an Estate Strategy

Estate strategies for millennials may sound like less of a concern than retirement, but young adults should prepare now.

How to Retire Early

How to Retire Early

Retiring early sounds like a dream come true, but it’s important to take a look at the cold, hard facts.

 

A Reminder of Why It's Important to Take a Long-Term View

The recent market drop is an important reminder of why it's important to take a long-term view.

What Is a Stretch IRA?

If you have a traditional IRA, you may have the opportunity to extend its tax-deferred status across multiple generations.

Best Performing Asset Classes

Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.

How Stocks Work

Understanding how a stock works is key to understanding your investments.

The ABCs of Zero Coupon Bonds

Understanding some basic concepts may help you assess whether zero-coupon bonds have a place in your portfolio.

Understanding Marginal Income Tax Brackets

An inside look at how marginal income tax brackets work.

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What's My Potential Estate Tax?

This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

Lifetime of Earnings

Estimate how much you have the potential to earn during your working years.

Long-Term-Care Needs

Determine your potential long-term care needs and how long your current assets might last.

Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

Doubling Your Money

This calculator demonstrates the power of compound interest.

Comparing Mortgage Terms

Estimate the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives.

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Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

Tax Management Strategies

Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

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Once Upon a Goal

Do you know how to set up your financial goals for success? This knight does.

Should I Invest in Gold?

Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.

Global and International Funds

Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?

Events on Wall Street

Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.

When Special Care Is Needed: The Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.

Bursting the Bubble

Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?

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