It can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days for a financial advisor at a brokerage firm to convert his or her practice over to an independent advisory firm.

That’s not a long time over the course of a career, but advisors should not underestimate how much preparation it takes to make the transition process as smooth as possible, according to experts who weighed in during a Sept. 21 Webcast event from by Schwab Advisor Services, a division of Charles Schwab [SCHW].

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