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About JLine Financial

We are “All Things Financial” educators first and foremost!– free to educate without restriction on any financial concept. We invest a tremendous amount of time and money in public and private education with local and regional free-to-the-public seminars.  We specialize in helping our clients and their families succeed in planning their perfect retirement.  We provide solid and proven principle protecting techniques that you can actually understand!  JLine Financial is dedicated to helping you get the most from your estate balanced with common sense, safety, and control.

JLine Financial is an independent financial service company. This means we do not take direction from any corporate sponsor or franchise therefore we can charter our financial advice to what is best for the client. Some of our professionals are licensed in multiple states which is great for those that have interests across state lines. We use a unique holistic approach utilizing our in house team as well as our strategic partners of registered securities advisers, certified public accounts and estate attorneys all working together on most EVERY plan. This unified team approach has the goal of helping clients from many angles whether it be increased earnings or income, taxation, legacy, and at the same time, working to cut overall insurance and investment costs. You have to pay attention to costs–among other things–and our team is excellent at leveling costs which are just one enemy of a sound financial plan for retirement.

Jerry E. Linebaugh II

Jerry is the founder of The Linebaugh Group Inc., dba JLine Financial.  He is a member of several organizations including The Better Business Bureau, National Ethics Association, and The Alliance Group which is a nationwide organization of independent Insurance, Investment and Estate Planning Educators. For over 20 years, Jerry has served retirees and even younger folks looking to build a secure nontraditional retirement strategy without being 100% dependent on market securities.

Jerry says it’s OK to have market securities and through general education, teaches how to not have your assets directly correlated with the market.  Also, a person planning for retirement will need growth, liquidity, and one day– income–so having too much in any asset class is an unnecessary risk.   Jerry helps his clients understand where to find unbiased information especially on emerging non mainstream retirement concepts.  He explains how these new concepts can work together with more traditional retirement strategies for a unique combination of decent returns, downside market protection and increasing income to combat retirement worries.  JLine Financial offers information, education, advice and planning strategies to ensure his  clients have the tools they need to achieve a secure and lasting retirement.

His experience in developing and protecting estates for retirees spans over two decades  and reaches well into the pre-retiree market as well, advising the employed and the self-employed on how to plan and invest for their retirement in a tax efficient way without the typical Wall Street market risk. In this way he seeks to help people achieve retirement and stay retired often in their pre retiree working lifestyle.  Jerry works closely with CPA’s and Tax and Estate Attorneys and works to help provide state required continue education credits for CPA’s in the State of Louisiana and other states.

His practice focuses on showing people how to structure estate assets to avoid the most common financial mistakes. A big part of Jerry’s practice is helping people legally and ethically avoid taxes on social security and certain other assets held by retirees who want to protect their principle and insure that their money lasts as long as they do.

Jerry is sought out for financial commentary from various trade publications and speaks regularly at public and private seminars but in his spare time, Jerry enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children. He enjoys ATV adventure riding, camping, gourmet cooking, as well as any kind of outdoor and indoor cooking.  When he can, he combines all of these things into something he calls “Glamping”…you should ask him about that (he loves talking about it!)  He also enjoys domestic and international travel with his family.





Strategic Partners

Carlos Cortez, Jr.

image005Carlos Cortez, Jr., President and Investment Advisor of Tampa based Cortez Wealth Management is a financial service firm specializing in retirement planning that fosters safe strategies to facilitate wealth preservation , insurance, income and investment planning.

Carlos Cortez, Jr. graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and currently holds a General Securities Representative (Series 7) License, Investment Advisor Representative (Series 66) License, Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63) License. In addition, Mr. Cortez holds his R.F.C. (Registered Financial Consultant) designated by the International Association of Registered Financial consultants.

He and his wife live in Oldsmar and have two children. He was a former NCAA Division II scholarship soccer athlete and played professional arena football in North Carolina. He enjoys football and traveling as well as being an active member of his church. He also travels home to North Carolina to visit his parents who currently are full time Pastors.

Carlos Cortez, Jr. has dedicated his career to establishing long term relationships with his clients built on trust, integrity and confidence. His professional background and transparent approach allow opportunities to work with hundreds of clients in areas of investments, retirement and estate planning as well as long term care. His passion is to develop an atmosphere where he can help clients succeed in achieving their financial goals and obtain financial peace and security.

Carlos stresses the importance of knowledge of his profession as he has thorough knowledge of changing tax laws, investment strategies, basics and perils of probate courts, wills, asset preservation for Trusts and more. He believes in the team concept of working with dedicated professionals including, attorneys, accountants and other professionals in order to manage the client’s affairs.

He believes the financial service industry requires a transparent balanced approach to retirement planning. An Advisor must be dedicated to getting to know each client and their financial picture for the long term in order to help them achieve their dreams and financial goals. He honors all calls at no cost to discuss issues of retirement and estate planning. He can be reached at his Tampa office at this number (813) 448-3446. His office is located at 6601 Memorial Hwy, Suite 209, Tampa, Florida, 33615

Carlos Cortez Jr. is not affiliated with Simplicity Wealth, LLC and offers Securities and investment advisory services through World Equity Group, Inc., member FINRA and SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Cortez Wealth Management, is not owned or controlled by World Equity Group, Inc.



John D. Lizana

image0051John Lizana was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi and attended Perkinston Jr. College and Delta State University where he obtained his BA in 1971. He married Carol Jones from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in December, 1970 and then went into the U. S. Army after he graduated, where he was a Company Clerk at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana for 3 years.

After his tour of duty in the Army, he and his wife moved to Baton Rouge, where they have lived ever since. He went into the insurance business with his father-in-law, who owned an independent insurance agency at the time. He has been in the insurance industry for the past 40 years and has enjoyed a very successful career ever since.

He joined the Baton Rouge Jaycees as a young man, where he served on several major committees, including the Baton Rouge State Fair and participated in many community service projects. His wife, Carol, served as President of the women’s auxiliary in 1980-81 and they were both very active in this civic organization.

John has served as Chairman of the Deacons at First Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA. And now attends Redeemer Baptist Church and serves presently as a deacon there.

He has held a Property and Casualty license, along with Life and Health since becoming an insurance agent but specializes in Life and Health. He has serviced very large groups in the past, such as the Winn Dixie and Lowes accounts in the South and continues to specialize in selling to groups, both life, health, and supplemental benefits.

John became a member of the “App-A-Day” Club with Allstate Insurance Company, which took him some 5 years to achieve, and continues to hold this prestigious membership.

He and his wife have 4 grown children and 10 grandchildren and are very involved in their lives.