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Our Founder

David M. Smith

Founder of David M. Smith & Associates and Lifetime Planning.

Our founder, David M. Smith

David M. Smith, the father of one of the current firm partners, started Lifetime Planning (then called David M. Smith and Associates) in July of 1989 due to his desire to help others succeed with their financial goals. Lifetime Planning will always be thankful for the support, time and care that David put into this company.

David constantly looked for ways to help improve how people saved, invested and planned for their retirement years. Always putting the client first and going above and beyond the normal call of duty were things he never even had to consider doing, he just did them. Many of David's longtime clients became personal friends over the years. David has left a legacy of caring for clients and an ethical business culture.

For a little glimpse of what David is doing in his retirement you can watch this YouTube video.

David's youngest son Eric joined the business in 1999 after graduating from Pepperdine School of Law. David encouraged Eric to give the family business a try before he went out searching for his first “real job” in the legal field.  Eric did just that and has been with Lifetime Planning ever since, taking over completely when David retired in October of 2016.

Over the years, David’s oldest son Brandon M. Smith became involved with technical and IT work at Lifetime Planning and still is the “IR guru.” After achieving his aviation career goals, Brandon became registered (Currently with LPL Financial) and joined Lifetime Planning in a client facing role.

In 2018, after a few years of engaging in a supporting alliance, Brian Padrick, CFP® and Eric S. Smith, JD,CFP® joined forces to become partners under the Lifetime Planning name.

Brian brings years of experience as an adviser and business owner to Lifetime Planning as well as a passion for adopting the next wave of technology solutions for the benefit of clients.

Looking forward with a multigenerational focus, Lifetime Planning’s purpose is still true to its roots: Our mission is your financial independence.

David M. Smith is not affiliated with LPL Financial.