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Anyone here have ideas on where/how to vet a financial advisor, especially for an older, retired couple?

Garrett Planning Network financial planners are all CFPs who charge only hourly fees, and do not take sales commissions or other compensation from anyone other than their clients. Because of this, you can feel comfortable that they are working for the client, and don't have other motivations. Their founder, Cheryl Garrett, wrote "Personal Finance for Dummies" and they offer a free download of Chapter 20 of the book on how to choose a financial advisor here:

http://www.garrettplanningnetwork.com/about/how-to-choose-an...

The chapter has a things to look for and questions to use when interviewing a planner. It's a really good resource.

AJ
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