Transition Timeline

Your transition to Arete will take approximately 2 to 4 months, depending on the unique needs of your firm.


4 to 6 Weeks

  • Kickoff meeting
  • Arete registration paperwork
  • Deliverables and timeline
  • Project planning
  • Asset acceptability review


2 to 4 weeks

  • Resignation from current firm
  • Provide signature-ready client forms and announcements
  • Paperwork finalized
  • In-office training
  • Obtain client signatures

Tracking and Follow-Up:

2 to 6 weeks

  • Open new accounts
  • Set up account transfers
  • Review progress

Transition to Service Team:

1 week

  • Meet the operations team
  • Ongoing training and support

The Kickoff Meeting

Your dedicated Transitions Team will work with you to develop a comprehensive onboarding strategy and customized timeline with specific deliverables. Here are the items you can expect to review in your early meetings:

  • Registration documents and fingerprinting
  • Approval of titles, special designations, disclosures, state registrations and insurance appointments
  • Policies and procedures (protocol firms/non-protocol firms)
  • Needs assessment (parameters for new location and equipment)
  • Business cards, letterhead, signage and DBA logos on statements
  • Execute agreements and define account transfer strategy

During this review, we will discuss what, if any, client information you can take with you from your current firm. If you are joining from a protocol firm, you may be able to take 5 key pieces of information on your clients, depending on your company’s privacy policy and state regulations. If you are joining from a non-protocol firm, we will review and discuss your circumstances accordingly.

Registering with Arete

Your Transitions Specialist will direct you through the entire registration process. Here’s a quick checklist:

  • Complete Affiliation Package:
    • Application for Affiliation
    • Attestation Paperwork (“Part III”)
    • Independent Contractor Agreement
  • For DBAs only: Provide logo that will appear on customer statements and trade confirmations (refer to guidelines available in resources section
  • Follow Fingerprint instructions