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Gordon Achtermann, CFP®

Fee-Only Financial Planning in Northern Virginia and Nationwide.

Your life is complicated. I specialize in helping families navigate the complexities of their peak earning years.

Together, we will

   - organize your finances,

   - protect and grow your assets,

   - and give you peace of mind that you are on your best path

so that you can focus on what you do best and what matters most. 

Welcome to Your Best Path!

I am a Fairfax, VA Fee-Only Financial Planner.  At Your Best Path Financial Planning, I provide comprehensive financial planning, retirement planning, and investment management to help clients organize, grow, and protect their assets. 

I serve clients as a fiduciary at all times and never take compensation from anyone, at any time, other than fees the client agrees to in advance. 

I am a leader in the field of Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing (SRI), among the first to receive the CSRIC™ designation - the only certification for study in the SRI discipline.


Each word in our name is, by itself, a declaration of our values:


Every one of us has a unique story.

Your financial plan should be connected to and reflect your unique story. So to give you the best advice I can, I need to know where you came from, not just where you want to go.

Any planner can get into the dry facts, but when we get acquainted I will take the time to listen to you and hear you – your values, your dreams, your story – with empathy and optimism. The way forward will be uniquely, distinctly yours.


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Financial planning is a journey. 

Like a hike up a mountain, there will be some work involved. 

You will have to gather information, talk about your present situation and your goals for the future.  Oftentimes trade-offs will have to be weighed. 

But in the end, you will have a clear view of the road ahead, the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have this handled, and a collaborator along the path with you to talk to any time. 

Who We Serve

We specialize in families or individuals in their peak earning years or heading into retirement -
times when the complexities of your financial life increase.

Whether you work/worked in the private sector, government, non-profit, or the military,
Whether you family is traditional or modern,
Whether you are married, single, divorced, or widowed,

We have the expertise, the experience and the tools to take your financial life from
a source of stress to a source of strength.

What We Charge

Like a consultant, lawyer, or accountant, we charge an hourly fee for service
as our primary fee structure.

Our current rate is $275/hour for comprehensive plans.

When appropriate, we also offer an alternative for clients who wish to delegate
more: investment management billed as a percentage of assets,
with comprehensive & ongoing financial planning
included for no additional fee.

I have been quoted in these websites and print publications.

I have been quoted in these websites and print publications.

I hope you enjoy exploring my site.

When you are ready, click the button below to access my calendar and select a time for us to talk on the phone or meet over Zoom.

There is never a fee or obligation for our time getting to know if we are a good fit to work together. 

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Coronavirus Update:

At Your Best Path Financial Planning, we are fully capable of meeting all your client needs via web-based video meetings, cloud-based file sharing, and other solutions that have been in place since the foundation of our business. We will never compromise on the security of your data nor the health and safety of our clients, colleagues, and loved ones.

Upon request, we are able to resume in-person meetings with individuals who are fully vaccinated. 

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