Sam Thornal, Private Wealth Advisor and Chief Executive Officer of Encircle Wealth Advisors, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Plano, Texas that specializes in financial planning for people going through divorce. Sam has over 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, with 15 years of experience as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Sam also holds designations as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, Chartered Financial Consultant®, and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠.


He and his team of Certified Divorce Financial Analysts have used their specialized training when working with several prominent divorce attorneys in the Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and Dallas area. Sam has been a featured speaker at several regional events for attorneys and CPAs as well as being published in Family Lawyer Magazine and in Kiplinger’s where he discussed the topic of Tax Strategies during property division and the importance of having a “financial team.”


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Postings by Sam

Accessing your accounts after your divorce

Retirement Planning

posted July 7, 2018

The first question on a lot of people’s minds when the divorce is final is this:  Where can I go to get cash immediately?  For most people, their assets are tied up in two places:  their home, and their retirement accounts (401(K) and IRA).

How will a divorce affect your retirement

Retirement Planning

posted July 7, 2018

Will I ever be able to retire? As a financial advisor, I hear that question from clients all the time. Most often, the answer is Yes. A few times, the answer has been No.

How to think about your house before starting a divorce

Assets & Investments

posted July 7, 2018

As you think about divorce, the one asset to which you are probably attached most firmly is your home. For some people, this attachment is sentimental;

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