8814 Heron's Flight
Laurel, MD 20723


Laurette M. Dearden, CPA, CFP®

(301) 604-0121



Creating a life map involves a close review of personal finances and an assessment of other building blocks. Lifestyle matters look at how to balance work and leisure, how to make smart choices for the future, and many other items in an effort to help an individual “enjoy the journey.”

Suddenly Single: 3 Steps to Take Now

Suddenly Single: 3 Steps to Take Now

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

Stop Wasting Money

Stop Wasting Money

One way to find money is to examine your current spending habits and eliminate money wasters.

An Arm and a Leg

An Arm and a Leg

A visit to the hospital can be painful, for both your body and your wallet. Don’t let it be more painful than it has to be.


Keeping Good Records is Good Business

Maintaining good records for your business not only helps to meet your tax and legal obligations, but it can save you money.

Crowdfunding—Capital for the 21st Century

Crowdfunding continues to gain momentum as more people search the Internet for financing and fundraising alternatives.

Avoiding Cognitive Decline

Try these activities to keep your brain sharp.

Creative Ways to Motivate Your Employees

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

A House Divided

By understanding a few key concepts during a divorce, you may be able to avoid common pitfalls.

Best Vacations: By Car, By Ship, By Foot, Once in a Lifetime

Four vacation destinations you might never have thought of.

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Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

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

Bi-Weekly Payments

This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.

Should I Buy or Lease an Auto?

This calculator compares the financial impact of leasing versus buying an automobile.

How Much Home Can I Afford?

With a few simple inputs you can estimate how much of a mortgage you may be able to obtain.

Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

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

Interested in a Fuel Efficient Car?

Estimate how many months it may take to recover the out-of-pocket costs when buying a more efficient vehicle.

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Managing Your Lifestyle

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

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What to Do When You Lose Your Wallet

Ever lost your wallet? Frustrating. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself safe.

Acres of Diamonds

In life it often happens that the answers to our most pressing questions are right in our own backyards.


Making the most of surprises is a great reason to work with us.

Consider These 3 Things Before Driving Off the Lot

There are a few things to consider when buying or leasing your next vehicle.

To Buy or Not to Buy

The decision whether to buy or rent a home may have long-term implications.


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

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