Additional Disclosures WashingtonianTo arrive at the names of the area’s top financial advisers—the fee-only financial planners, fee-based advisers, estate attorneys, tax accountants, and insurance advisers marked with a “best adviser” tag—the Washingtonian distributed surveys to hundreds of people who work in the local financial industry, asking them whom they would trust with their own money. Washingtonian also did their own research, consulting industry experts and publications. The “best adviser” names on this list are the people who received the strongest recommendations.Advisors do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded. Advisors may purchase plaques and marketing materials after receiving an award. Hopwood Financial Services participates in such options.Northern Virginia Magazine Award Award recipients are selected by their peers. The Northern Virginia Magazine sends surveys to areas financial professionals asking them to nominate other experts to whom they would recommend friends and family who need financial planning advice. Those on the list received the most nominations. Advisors do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded. Advisors may purchase plaques and marketing materials after receiving an award.