A legacy for generations

Your legacy is about more than finances. It's about the values, people and causes you care about. So when it comes to legacy planning, we strive to understand what matters to you and how you hope to be remembered. With these insights, we can then work with you and your other professional advisors to structure a plan for leaving behind a legacy that lasts for generations.

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Stephen D. "Steve" Smith, CFP, CIMA

Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

Financial Advisor

Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Truman State University in 1993 and has since devoted his entire career to working at UBS. Steve obtained the highly regarded Certified Investment Analyst (CIMA®) certificate in 2004 and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) in 2006.

In 2004, Steve co-founded a wealth management team which has transitioned into the Northstar Partners Wealth Management Group. Steve utilizes his advanced analytical skill set to help high net worth individuals develop goal-oriented investment strategies. He evaluates a client's entire financial picture to implement a plan that is customized based on their agreed upon needs and aspirations.  Helping families confidently accumulate, preserve, and transfer wealth through our planning-based approach, allows families to successfully achieve their critical life goals. Steve believes in giving back and participated in a UBS mentorship program where he provided a small business owner with six months of pro bono financial advice. Continuing as a mentor, Steve has been working with a US Veteran transitioning to a business career. After losing his wife in December 2011 to a 16-year battle with metastatic breast cancer he became actively involved in supporting breast cancer research and organizations that help care for cancer patients and their loved ones. Steve, his wife Gale and their 3 children Grace, Charlie and William reside in Hinsdale. Steve enjoys coaching their children's soccer teams as well as their annual ski trip out West.

Registered States:
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  • CA
  • CO
  • CT
  • FL
  • GA
  • IA
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  • KS
  • KY
  • LA
  • MA
  • MD
  • ME
  • MI
  • MN
  • MO
  • MT
  • NC
  • NJ
  • NY
  • OH
  • OR
  • PA
  • SC
  • SD
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • WA
  • WI

  • Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams, 2023The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in January, based on information from a 12 month period ending March of the prior year.

Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

Our advice is comprehensive. We help diverse clients in a broad range of areas, including:

Financial planning
Retirement planning
Estate planning strategies
Legacy planning
Exit planning
Multi-generational families
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One North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
  • (312) 525-4640

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Legacy—Wealth for others

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What will your legacy be?
It’s never too early to plan ahead. A Legacy strategy can help you gain more control over your financial future and what you leave behind, so you can move forward with confidence.

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