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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.

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Death is No Excuse

Death is No Excuse

The federal government requires deceased individuals to file a final income tax return.

18 Years Worth of Days

18 Years Worth of Days

The average retirement lasts for 18 years. Are you prepared to fill that many days?

What is the Value of Your Business?

What is the Value of Your Business?

Ascertaining the value of your business is important for a variety of reasons.

 

Investing with Your Heart

For some, the social impact of investing is just as important as the return, perhaps more important.

U.S. Personal Savings Rate

What can be learned from the savings rate?

Volunteering in Retirement

For many, retirement includes contributing their time and talents to an organization in need.

Social Security Benefits: How Much Will I Receive

Calculating your potential Social Security benefit is a three-step process.

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.

A Brief Guide To Condo Insurance

Important items to consider when purchasing condo insurance.

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Tax Freedom Day

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

Annuity Comparison

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

Long-Term-Care Needs

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

Disability Income

This calculator estimates your chances of becoming disabled and your potential need for disability insurance.

Home Mortgage Deduction

Use this calculator to assess the potential benefits of a home mortgage deduction.

Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

This calculator can help determine whether it makes sense to refinance your mortgage.

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Principles of Preserving Wealth

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

Your Cash Flow Statement

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

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.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

Managing Your Lifestyle

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

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Jane Bond: Infiltrating the Market

Agent Jane Bond is on the case, cracking the code on bonds.

Surprise! You’ve Got Money!

Here’s a quick guide to checking to see if you have unclaimed money.

Suddenly Single: 3 Steps to Take Now

Have you found yourself suddenly single? Here are 3 steps to take right now.

Events on Wall Street

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

Forecast

The market is as unpredictable as the weather. We’d love to help you prepare.

Estate Management 101

A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate

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