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Greetings NeedHelp17 and welcome to The Motley Fool!

You ask:

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

The most important thing is that you want to make sure the financial advisor is working for YOU, and not for a commission. Therefore, it's best to find a fee-based financial planner -- one who charges you by the hour, and will not be selling you products. Also, look for an advisor who has the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. You can find a list of fee-based planners in your area at the site of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA):

In addition, here are a few links to articles from the Fool that will give you additional tips on finding one:

How to Pick a Financial Advisor

6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Financial Advisor

Make sure that you feel comfortable with the person, so you might want to interview several. Many will offer you an introductory consultation at no charge.

Hope this helps, and feel free to ask any additional questions you may have.

Warm regards,

Barbara Bayer
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