Derek Hamilton


Elser Financial Planning

Financial Planner

Derek Hamilton


Elser Financial Planning

Financial Planner

As a fee-only financial planner, I offer unbiased financial advice and exceptional service to help you achieve your life goals. - Derek Hamilton, CFP®, JD

(317) 986-4498

Fee-Only financial planner located in Indianapolis, IN, serving clients locally and across the country

Derek Hamilton is a Indianapolis, IN fee-only financial planner. Elser Financial Planning provides comprehensive and objective financial planning to help clients organize, grow and protect their assets through life’s transitions. As a fee-only, fiduciary, and independent financial advisor, Derek Hamilton is never paid a commission of any kind, and has a legal obligation to provide unbiased and trustworthy financial advice.

Derek brings extensive experience helping professionals, business owners, corporate executives and others plan for retirement and navigate other financial challenges and opportunities.

Derek develops customized financial strategies to help clients achieve their objectives, taking into account their entire financial picture. His clients feel comfortable having a long-term relationship based on trust.


  • Stanford Law School, JD 
  • Ball State University, BA, Summa Cum Laude


  • Vice President and Senior Wealth Planner with PNC Wealth Management
  • Attorney with Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP in Indianapolis
  • Attorney with Baker & Daniels, LLP in Indianapolis, IN
  • Attorney with McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Chicago


  • National Association of Personal Financial Advisors 
  • Stanford Club of Indiana
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Board of Directors
  • WFYI Planned Giving Task Force
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Tax Section Executive Committee
  • Central Indiana Community Foundation Cornerstone Council
  • Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals

Derek Hamilton is a Member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors - highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.

NAPFA members live by three important values:

  • To be the beacon for independent, objective financial advice for individuals and families.
  • To be the champion of financial services delivered in the public interest.
  • To be the standard bearer for the emerging profession of financial planning

Elser Financial Planning, Inc. was founded in 2007.

EFP provides personalized, confidential financial planning and investment management to individuals, trusts, estates and small businesses. Advice is provided through consultation with our clients and may include: determination of financial objectives, identification of financial problems, cash flow management, tax planning, insurance review, investment management, education funding, retirement planning and estate planning.

EFP does not act as a custodian of client assets, and clients always receive statements and trade confirmations from an independent custodian. We place trades for clients under a limited power of attorney. EFP is strictly a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm. We do not sell annuities or insurance or invest in any mutual funds or limited partnerships that pay a commission to the firm. We are not affiliated with entities that sell such financial products or securities.

Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Independent: Three Important Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Financial Advisor.


  • Comprehensive Financial Planning
  • Retirement Income Planning
  • Investment Management
  • College Education Planning
  • Tax Planning
  • Divorce Planning
  • Planning for Inheritance

Ideal Clients

  • Retirees and Near Retirees
  • Growing Families
  • Business Owners and Executives
  • Sudden Money Situations
  • Novice Investors

Working Together

  • In-Office Meetings
  • Virtual Meetings
  • Clearly Defined Fees
  • No Product Sales
  • Complimentary Initial Consultation

Professional Designations & Affiliations

  • National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)
    Derek Hamilton is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor

    The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
    Derek Hamilton is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional - Click for Verification

    CFP® professionals are held to strict ethical standards to ensure financial planning recommendations are in your best interest. What’s more, a CFP® professional must acquire several years of experience related to delivering financial planning services to clients and pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Exam before they can use the CFP® designation.

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Office Locations:

  • 8365 Keystone Crossing
    Ste 105
    Indianapolis, IN 46240

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