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Biography of Joseph SmithTD2013b

“My years of experience have taught me that many issues are not recognized at the time people initially seek my assistance.  These “real” issues are often more important to resolve than those my clients originally recognized.

My analysis and processes are intended to identify these issues and the unintended consequences from their prior actions. Our clients’ best interest always comes first”

~ Joe Smith


JAS Financial Services, LLC

This entity was formed in January 2009 to provided Fee-Only Financial Planning and Investment Management services. We specialize in collaborating, educating and advising our clients on how to best achieve their financial goals.

December 2007 through December 2008, Joe was a member of another financial planning firm.  He developed new business, reviewed financial plans and investment allocations prepared by others, developed comprehensive financial plans, investment plans and consulted with clients.

JAS, Inc

This firm was founded in 1988 as a full service CPA firm in Cincinnati, Ohio.  JAS, Inc. changed from its original name, Joseph A. Smith, CPA & Co., to JA Smith Inc reflecting the importance of additional services (including financial planning and investment management) offered.  The name was changed again in 2006 when the CPA practice was sold.  Joe remained with the successor firm for a year to assist in the successful transition of the clients.  JAS, Inc. emphasized planning.  Joe’s clients included: individuals, businesses and trusts.  Business services ranged from formation through final transition.  Individual services included: income tax, estate & gift tax, investments, risks, and retirement and post death.  Personal financial planning included: goal setting, risk assessment, asset allocation, investments and monitoring. Significant services and planning were provided to trusts and estates.

Joseph Smith‘s experience prior to founding this firm included:

  • Public Accounting
  • Local CPA firm
  • Manager in the Tax Department of Grant Thornton (Alexander Grant)
  • Senior in the Tax Department of Price Waterhouse Cooper (Price Waterhouse)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a field agent

Responsibilities in the above positions in addition to planning and research included:
internal training, client presentations, radio appearances and public presentations.

Presentation topics included: financial, income tax, gift tax, estate tax, trust tax, real estate, insurance, medical practice management, compensation planning and general business topics.

Presentations were for professional, technical, industry, educational and general groups.


  • Miami University – 1966 – Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Personal Financial Specialist – AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) – 1966
  • Cleveland-Marshall College  of Law – Juris Doctor – 1970
  • Licensed to Practice Law by Supreme Court of Ohio – 1970
  • Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant – Ohio – 1972
  • Accredited Estate Planner (AEP)® – 1994
  • Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant – Illinois – 2006
  • NAPFA (National Association of Personal Financial Planners)-Registered Financial Advisor – 2008