A general rule in the world of finance and with all kinds of financial/investment advisors:
Find out how they are paid - not necessarily how much - but how they make their salary and how their personal incentives work.
The last advisor you would like to end up with is someone who has a sales quota of whatever crap someone in the top gave him to sell. Advisors who only take comission on every trade that you do are most likely also bad advice for your fortune.
Someone who takes a flat fee should be good. Also someone taking a running percentage fee of your total assets can also be good, because he has an incentive to do well and keep you on. Provided that he does not have any other sources of income from for example "sales fee" on mutual funds that he buys in your name or such. Ask him to provide details of all income from other counterparties than his direct clients.
And as someone else in here pointed out. Make sure that he knows all of the tax laws - that is a very important thing in almost any country.
One comment I would like to add if you have a financial advisor, I would say go for a flat fee, Chartered Accountant can be good advisors as they are always aware of people needing money for investment,partnership,silent partners and other type of investment, including commercial lawyers. They are also very famaliar with tax laws and do a fine job juggling your liabilities as the law permits it. Shop around for this. Try the Chamber of Commerce or a good retail business owner as some of them are very shrewd and require accountants that are top notch for business purpose, I got mine through a lawyer as I told him I want an accountant worth his or her pay, he just knew what I meant and wanted so I had a good accountant.
Financial planners have always a company whom they work for mostly and will promote the company product or scheme first, beware of these as I have seen some of my friends think they were getting good returns and some of them was laughable at best. Just some pointers.
Choosing a financial advisor in these time is like looking for gold in the wilderness, I have come across some real bozo's in my young adult life; when I had my retail store. Real good financial advisors are the one who keep a step ahead from the crowd, but the most unfortunate thing is the majority of them are with the crowd.
I think the best financial advisor you can find is yourself, nobody understand better the risk and money management you can do and take or can tolerate better than you. Financial advisors get paid regardless of there performance.
A good stock broker is indepensable if you don't know how to invest your money in the stock market.If you go to a Bank, the Bank manager looks for the Banks interest first regardless what there literature says about the customer services. Just an example I will share; about 7 weeks ago I went to a Royal Bank Investment seminar, they were trying to convince 500 around 500 people that they didn't know what was happening with the U.S. economy, I could have told them in 10 minute what is happening..but like I shared they look for there own interest. They know the U.S. is going into a recession..they all know, even your Fed Chairman.
The problem with my generalization is I don't know your situation, what kind of investment you are in or interested as Financial advisors come under many stripes, some specializes in business,real estate,stock market,commercial real estate, trust. I think you get my point.
Beware that just because they are financial advisors doesn't mean they work for your interest, look at what I have posted since I have been posting on the stock market trend, who would have ever thought gold and real estate would have gone in opposite directions at the time I was posting and warning people of what I knew was coming ? I think you get the point.