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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

A Brief History of Estate Taxes

A Brief History of Estate Taxes

Federal estate taxes have long since been a lucrative source of funding for the federal government.

Retirement Income and the Traditional Portfolio

Retirement Income and the Traditional Portfolio

Experiencing negative returns early in retirement can potentially undermine the sustainability of your assets.

Where Is the Market Headed?

Where Is the Market Headed?

We all know the stock market can be unpredictable. We all want to know, “What’s next for the financial markets?”

 

Protecting Your Business from the Loss of a Key Person

Business owners may be able to protect themselves from the financial consequences of losing a key employee.

Fallen Tree Damage—Who Pays?

Your liability for damages that occur when a tree on your property falls on your neighbor’s property is not clear cut.

Put It in a Letter

A letter of instruction provides additional and more personal information regarding your estate.

Creative Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Five creative (and inexpensive) ideas for motivating your employees.

Split Annuity Strategy

Here's one strategy that combines two different annuities to generate income and rebuild principal.

Inventorying Your Possessions

Creating an inventory of your possessions can save you time, money and aggravation in the event you someday suffer losses.

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Tax Freedom Day

Assess how many days you'll work to pay your federal tax liability.

Doubling Your Money

This calculator demonstrates the power of compound interest.

Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

Annuity Comparison

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

Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings

Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.

Capital Gains Tax Estimator

Use this calculator to estimate your capital gains tax.

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Your Cash Flow Statement

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

Retirement Plan Distributions

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

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

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Inflation and Your Portfolio

Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.

The Good Ship IPO

The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.

Are Alternative Investments Right for You?

With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.

When Do You Need a Will?

When do you need a will? The answer is easy: Right Now.

The Other Sure Thing

Though we don’t like to think about it, all of us will make an exit sometime. Are you prepared?

Bridging the Confidence Gap

In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.

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