Before putting a bow on 2011, advisers and their clients should take the time to nail down these four key aspects of their finances to ensure financial planning success in 2012, according to M&I, a part of the BMO Financial Group.

Everyone wants to save money and prepare themselves and their families for the future. But that can only happen if clients establish well-defined goals and take the necessary steps to put advisors’ strategic advice to work.

Here's an interactive slideshow detailing top 4 end-of-year financial planning tasks every client needs to complete.

Larry Barrett writes for Financial Planning, a SourceMedia publication.

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