AADMM
American Association of Daily Money Managers

Find a DMM

You can Find A DMM in Your Area by searching three ways!

If you are looking for someone who provides a specific service or who works with a specific client type, you can narrow your search here. Some examples would be client types such as busy professionals, small business owners, high net worth clients, military or types of service such as bill payment services, medical billing issues, household payroll assistance, fiduciary services, etc. The broader you make your search, the more likely you are to return a good result. We recommend starting your search in your geographic area first and then if you need to narrow your results, you can add keywords. You can also use this box to find DMMs who will work remotely by searching the word ‘remote.’

How to Get Started

DMMs handle highly personal and confidential matters for their clients. As in any business transaction, personal judgment and instincts are important when deciding with whom you would like to do business.

Always ask for a referral from someone you know and trust, such as a friend, relative, lawyer, or accountant. If none of your trusted contacts can refer a DMM and you must hire an “unknown” person, ask a few qualifying questions before engaging into a formal agreement:

Scope of Work

What is the scope of your work? (Do you only do bill paying, or are there other ways that you can be of assistance?)

Review the scope of the work before you agree to have the DMM start working for you. Many times this is accomplished at the initial meeting.

Tenure/ Longevity

How long have you been working as a daily money manager?

Client Focus

What percentage of your clients are elderly? Busy professionals? Small businesses?

Specialization

What are the ways in which you have assisted your clients? Are you an expert in health insurance claims, fiduciary services, working with couples, or another area of specialization?

Insurance

What kinds of professional insurance do you have? Do you have Errors & Omissions insurance and, if so, how much? (If you want the DMM to act as a Power of Attorney, Trustee Executor or in some other fiduciary capacity, you will also need to ask if they have Errors & Omissions insurance with additional Fiduciary coverage).

Credibility

To what professional organizations do you belong? Do you have a related degree or work history prior to becoming a daily money manager?

Code of Ethics

Are there standards of practices and code of ethics to which you adhere?

Make sure to ask to see the standard of practices industry standards and codes of ethics. The American Association of Daily Money Managers is committed to promoting high standards for client services provided by members, and to supporting the growth of the daily money management industry, in numbers of providers, in recognition of the field, and in the quality of services provided. Members follow the principles found in the association’s Standards of Practice and abide by the Code of Ethics.

Certification

Do you have any professional certification or designation? Are you certified as a Professional Daily Money Manager (PDMM)?

AADMM promotes excellence through a voluntary certification program that emphasizes both experience in the field and continuing education. Those who meet the requirements and pass the exam earn the designation of Professional Daily Money Manager (PDMM). Learn more.

Education

Are you required to take continuing education courses to maintain the certification?

Collaboration

With what professionals in other fields do you collaborate regarding your clients’ issues? Are you willing to involve another person in their work, such as a lawyer, accountant, or family member?

Costs and Billing

What are the costs of your services and how do you bill? (What are your fees?  Do you charge hourly, monthly or by the project? Do you charge for travel?)

Some DMMs offer a free initial consultation — ask in advance for their policy on first meeting charges. Rates may vary by geographic area, types of services provided and expertise of the daily money manager.

In addition to regular rates, most DMMs charge for their travel time and for out-of-pocket expenses such as postage stamps provided to their clients.

Be sure that you understand the billing arrangements before the work begins.

Some DMMs request payment at the time of service and others bill on a monthly or bi-weekly basis. Some local governments have reduced fee or free services available for low-income clients. Visit our volunteer outreach page to learn more and view a listing of agencies by state.

Terms of Engagement

Do you have a letter of engagement? Does it include a confidentiality clause?

Affiliations

With which local organizations are you affiliated?

If your DMM is active in community organizations such as the chamber of commerce, a church or religious organization, community action groups, or a local provider’s council, connections in these groups will help your DMM better serve you since they will be able to refer you to other professionals and resources in the community.

References

Can you provide a professional reference list?

Take the time to call the references on the list, asking them whether the DMM is: respectful, dependable, efficient, empathetic, and professional in manner. Ask if there have been any conflicts, and if so, how they were resolved. Find out if asking for explanations of things not understood has been a comfortable situation. Ask if there were any times when the client felt uneasy about the work done by the DMM.

Red Flags

What kinds of reports or updates should I expect?

Access to your own records, especially financial records, should not be restricted by the DMM. If you are being kept in the dark about the status of your own affairs, take this as a sign of trouble and contact a lawyer or outside counsel immediately.

The information presented here is not intended to substitute for legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice. Probate and contract law varies form state to state. All members are advised to obtain advice from professionals in his/her own state. Any information and reference materials recommended by other members should not be relied upon as being comprehensive or error free. Any legal documents shared by members should be reviewed by an attorney in the member's home state.
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