• Request a complimentary no-obligation consultation with an advisor from Burns Estate Planning!
    Call Us Call Us

    Our Firm

    Burns Estate Planning’s mission is to help our clients develop a more secure financial future. Our primary focus is always estate and retirement protection for seniors. 

    Ernie Burns

    President, Chief Executive Officer, Investment Advisor Representative, Master Certified Estate Planner

    Ernie M. Burns, Jr. is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Burns Estate Planning and Wealth Advisors. He has over 25+ years’ experience in retirement income planning industry. He is a Master Certified Estate Planner (MCEP), a Million Dollar Round Table-Top of the Table Member (MDRT), as well as a member of the National Ethics Association.

    Ernie is also the Host of “Total Retirement,” a 30 minute television show. In the show Ernie and his team of top advisors cover all things financial while focusing on conservative retirement strategies. His television and radio shows, coupled with his many publications in predominate financial news outlets, has led Ernie to be one of the prominent authorities along the Gulf Coast. He has been greatly successful in educating the public with his seminars across
    Southern Louisiana, helping over 2,000 clients with their retirement needs and dreams.

    Ernie has also received numerous awards and national recognition over the years for his skills in insurance and retirement services. He has been published and/or quoted in Forbes Magazine as having one of Louisiana’s most successful retirement service companies. He also has been published and/or quoted in Fortune Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Money Magazine, as well as Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

    Chris Burns

    Financial Advisor, Certified Retirement Counselor 

    Christopher Burns is a Louisiana resident who graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005 obtaining a degree in finance.  He joined our team in 2014 as a General Securities and Investment Advisor Representative for Burns Wealth Advisors.  Chris is a Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC), holds both a Series 7 and Series 66 license, as well as being a class C licensed insurance agent.  His main focus is in developing, recommending and delivering financial plans to clients that will meet their retirement goals.  One thing that Chris enjoys about his role is being able to help our clients prepare for one of the most important times in their lives, “their retirement years”.  He truly believes that everyone deserves a secure and independent retirement.  Chris is a proud veteran of the United States Army, who dedicated 4 years of service.

    David Burns

    Master Certified Estate Planner, MDRT 

    David Burns is a senior partner of Burns Estate Planning and has over 28 years’ experience in the insurance industry. His expertise in estate planning and personal retirement income planning through Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company complimented his study through the National Institute of Certified Estate Planners- where he’s become a Master Certified Estate Planner (MCEP). He is also a Million Dollar Round Table Member. He has received numerous awards and national recognition over the years for his skills in insurance and retirement services.

    Christian P. Clausen

    Financial Advisor, Certified Financial Planner

    Christian Clausen graduated from Louisiana State University in 2007 with a degree in finance. He has worked over 6 years in the industry and is registered with the SEC as an Investment Advisor, with FINRA as a Broker, and has taken extensive exams to receive his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) title. Christian also holds Series 7 and Series 66 licenses, as well as being a class C licensed insurance agent. Christian joined Burns Wealth Advisors in July of 2016 as a Financial Advisor and CFP. Christian’s main goal is to deliver a vast array of resources to his clients in a way that is most beneficial to how they invest and their goals. He also aims to help his clients preserve and grow their wealth. Christian is originally from Sweden and is proficient in 5 different languages. He now resides in Baton Rouge with his lovely wife and two daughters. 

    Erin Berglund-Burns


    Erin Berglund-Burns grew up in Kentwood, LA and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005.  She has been with Burns Estate Planning since 2007 and is a licensed insurance agent.  She works side-by-side with Ernie analyzing client’s and prospect’s returns, holdings and estate planning needs.  Outside of work, she stays very busy doing sports and homework with her son, Brayden.  She enjoys traveling, reading, working with her plants and spending time with her family and friends.  Erin has held the titles of Ms. Louisiana United States 2013 and Ms. Baton Rouge 2012.  Her Platform Charity is CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which she diligently continues to raise awareness, as well as donations, to support the worthy cause.

    Nichelle Lee Mars

    Office Controller & Legal Assistant 

    Nichelle Lee has been a member of our team since 2006.  She grew up in Loranger, LA and is a proud alumnus of Southeastern Louisiana University.  As office controller, Nichelle's duties include all general office and human resource responsibilities.  In addition to office controller, Nichelle’s role as our legal assist is to keep the chain of communication between our clients and the attorneys open.  She also assists both the clients and the attorneys in sending documents to and from each other.  Nichelle has worked in many fields in the office over the years and is always willing to help our clients and her co-workers with anything they might need.  When Nichelle is not at work she enjoys being outdoors, gardening, and fishing.

    Nicole Higgins Smith

    Assistant to Ernie Burns

    Nicole Smith, also known as Nicky, has been a member of Burns Estate Planning since April 2014.  She is a newlywed that moved to Louisiana in April 2013 from Orange County, New York.  Nicole studied Criminal Justice and minored in World History at Suny Orange University, in Orange County, New York.  She is the assistant to Ernie Burns and her duties include scheduling, client services, maintaining client relationships, and assisting Ernie to complete tasks at hand.  In addition, Nicole keeps clients and prospective clients educated with new information and upcoming events.  When not working she enjoys spending time with her new husband and taking her dog on long walks.

    Savanna Guzzardo

    Senior Director of Marketing & Advertising

    Savanna Guzzardo joined the Burns Estate Planning family in March 2016. She grew up in Covington, LA and is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she obtained her degree in public relations and marketing.  As Senior Director of Marketing and Advertising, her duties include staying current in media, print, and social networking of the company along with TV/Radio advertising and facilitate client events, educational workshops, and seminars.  While not at work Savanna enjoys running with her dog on the Lakefront, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

    Elizabeth "Liz" Wax

    Assistant to Burns Wealth Advisors

    Liz joined Burns Wealth Advisors in December 2016.  She’s from Denham Springs Louisiana and moved to Ponchatoula in 2013.  She has been in the industry for over 30 years and holds her Series 7 and Series 63 licenses.  Her responsibilities at Burns Wealth Advisors include new account processing, maintaining accounts, client relations and assisting the Securities and Investment Advisors in presentation preparation.  When not at work, Liz enjoys spending time with family and fishing. 

    Ashley Amacker

    Product Manager and Assistant to David Burns

    Ashley Fletcher Amacker has been with Burns Estate Planning since June of 2015.  She grew up in Metairie, Louisiana and moved to Ponchatoula, Louisiana in 1995. She attended Louisiana State University and Southeastern Louisiana University where she studied Mass Communications and English.  Her responsibilities include scheduling appointments and maintaining a relationship with David Burns’ clients.  As well as maintaining in-house products and keeping agents up to date on changes that our clients need to be aware of.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, chasing around her two boys Logan, 10, and Brody, 2, and also attending any LSU or New Orleans Saints events. 

    Kacey Bonnette 

    Data Processor and Servicing Specialist 

    Kacey Bonnette joined our team in November of 2015.  She is currently studying Human Resource Management at Southeastern Louisiana University and is expecting to graduate in spring of 2017. As the data processor and servicing specialist, she is responsible for implementing all data and handling all service requests. When not at work, Kacey enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. 

    To schedule a time to discuss your financial future contact us at emburns@burnsestateplanning.com or call us at 1.800.308.4416 or 985.345.7114 today!

    By contacting us you may be offered insurance products for sale.

    Complimentary Checklist
    "Your Retirement Income Planning Checklist”

    Enter your information below for your copy of our complimentary checklist!
    Fill out my online form.
    We help create retirement income strategies for people in or nearing retirement so their retirement income lasts as long as they do.

    Investment advisory services offered through AE Wealth Management, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

    Privacy Policy | Terms of Use