Nicolas Stanley, Financial Planner & Founder

About Me


I joined the financial services industry 7 years ago, when I decided to switch from a legal career path to a career in personal finance. I took time off from school at UC Davis and immediately accepted a full-time internship on Wall Street. Since then, my passion for helping people make sense of their finances has only intensified. In my most recent role, as a planning resource to many advisors and their clients across Southern California, I developed the breadth of expertise needed to start my own virtual advice company—Protegè WP.

I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, but I currently live in Beverly Hills, CA with my partner Greg; he’s a 4th year dental school student. We enjoy hanging out with friends, working out, binge watching Apple TV and visiting family. While our lives are work-focused these days, I’m excited about our future.

I’m also excited about the future of Protegè. I look forward to getting to know new clients and their families, and to helping people attain financial independence.


Nicolas Stanley, CFP ChFC CIMA CLU CDFA EA
Certified Financial Planner, Founder


Financial Planner


Protegè WP

Los Angeles & Online

Wealth Planning Associate

2015 – 2018


Multiple LA locations
I was a planning resource to 100+ financial advisors in multiple LA locations like: Beverly Hills, Encino, Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara & Bakersfield.  I built 300+ financial plans during my time at UBS, for clients & prospects with net worths ranging from $50k to $500m–I specialized in Cash Flow Planning.
I ranked #1 in my Wealth Planning Associate (WPA) class in 2016.  I also led monthly lunch-in-learns for Southern California WPAs and was a featured speaker on national training calls for new & experienced WPAs.




Beverly Hills & Online
I tutor Finance-related subjects to professional, graduate, and college students. My most tutored subjects include: Corporate Finance, Series 7, CFP and Financial Accounting.  I’ve logged 1250+ hours one-on-one with students since Dec 2015.

Client Service Associate



Beverly Hills, CA
I provided portfolio analysis & financial planning services to clients of a solo advisor team.  On a part-time basis, I supported other advisor teams with special financial planning cases, like: divorce planning & planning for real estate investors.

Financial Advisor Intern


JH Darbie & Co

New York, NY
My first finance role was on Wall Street providing sales & investment research support to financial advisors.  I also produced daily stock market news briefs and weekly financial statement analyses reports.


UC Davis

Bachelor of Arts
I majored in Philosophy.  I also took courses like: Investments, Personal Finance, Financial Management and Futures & Options Markets.

Yale SOM

Investment Consultant Education
I completed my education requirements for the CIMA designation at the Yale School of Management.  CIMA is the peak international, technical portfolio construction program for wealth management professionals.

College for Financial Planning

CFP Education
I completed my education requirements for the Certified Financial Planner designation at the College for Financial Planning.  My courses included: Income Taxes, Retirement, Estate Planning & Insurance Planning.


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Accredited Asset Management Specialist, AAMS

Individuals who hold the AAMS designation have completed a course of study encompassing investments, insurance, tax, retirement, and estate planning issues.


Accredited Wealth Management Advisor, AWMA

Individuals who hold the AWMA designation have completed a course of study encompassing wealth strategies, equity-based compensation plans, tax reduction alternatives, and asset protection alternatives.


Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, CDFA

A CDFA professional is a financial professional skilled at analyzing data and providing expertise on the financial issues of divorce. The CDFA assists the client and his or her attorney to understand how the decisions he or she makes today will impact the client’s financial future.


Certified Financial Planner

CFP professionals are held to strict ethical standards to ensure financial planning recommendations are in your best interest. They must acquire several years of experience related to delivering financial planning services to clients and pass a comprehensive Certification Exam before they can call themselves a CFP professional.


Chartered Financial Consultant, ChFC

This designation has the same core curriculum as the CFP designation, plus 2 additional elective courses that focus on various areas of financial planning like: planning for business owners, planning for divorce, complex estate planning, LGBT and special-needs planning.


Chartered Life Underwriter, CLU

Chartered Life Underwriter is a professional designation for individuals who wish to specialize in life insurance and estate planning. The required courses include: (1) Fundamentals of Insurance Planning, (2) Life Insurance Law, (3) Individual Life Insurance, (4) Estate Planning, and (5) Planning for Business Owners.


Certified Investment Management Analyst, CIMA

The CIMA credential is awarded by the Investments & Wealth Institute to professionals who pass a pre-qualifying & certifying exam, complete coursework at Yale School of Management, have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in investment Consulting and fulfill continuing ed requirements.


Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, CRPC

Individuals who hold the CRPC designation have completed a course of study encompassing pre-and post-retirement needs, asset management, estate planning and the entire retirement planning process using models and techniques from real client situations.


IRA Enrolled Agent, EA

Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards. An enrolled agent is a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service by passing a three-part comprehensive IRS test covering individual, trusts and business tax returns.

Our Mission & Values

Our mission is to foster a culture of financial planning among our: families, friends, neighbors and trusted collaborators.  We seek to provide affordable advice, without sacrificing expertise or technology.



Building trust is at the heart of everything we do. We take an honest approach to helping people and we abide by the CFP Board Code of Ethics.


Lifelong Learning

We do more than maintain our knowledge & skills, we advance them year after year through formal professional education.



In a world of hidden fees and small print, we aim to be upfront and proactive about disclosing important information.



Providing advice anyone can afford is key to promoting a culture of financial planning. We commit to always offer affordable price points.


Confidentiality & Security

We believe in protecting privacy & safeguarding sensitive information.  We keep our clients’ personal & financial matters confidential.



We endeavor to use the best financial technology available to help clients achieve their planning objectives.

Are you a fiduciary?

As a fee-only financial planner, we work under the fiduciary standard–we look out for client’s best interests.

How are you different than other financial planners?

Nearly all planners receive a fee for the financial plan and additional wrap-fees or commissions, when clients implement the planner’s recommendations. Protegè WP only receives a planning fee.  In addition to our breadth of knowledge and smart technology, we deliver advice without the conflict of interest that comes when planners sell products and manage assets.

Where are you located?

Our office is located in Beverly Hills, but our mailing address is: 8605 Santa Monica Blvd, #76802, West Hollywood, CA 90069

What does the name ‘Protegè WP’ stand for?

Our full name is Protegè Wealth Planning, LLC. We always want our clients to feel safe & protected working with us and protegè is derived from the latin word for protect.

How are you able to keep your fees low?

Planners at large investment adviser firms share 50-65% of their revenue with their firm; we cut the big firm out and pass the savings on to clients.

In what states can Protegè WP accept clients?

As a Registered Investment Adviser in California, Louisiana & New York, we can accept unlimited clients from these states.  We also qualify for registration exemptions in most other states, where we can take a limited number of clients.