Within the last year, Denise was diagnosed with cancer, so it was quite an ordeal for us. It was definitely thought-provoking. Having a daughter like Kayla, with her disabilities, it was her future, once we are no longer here, was of paramount importance to us.
I got a call on my cell phone saying, Yvonne, we just discovered this, and I really need you to give me some reassurance of, am I going to be OK? Can he shut down his business? Can he wind it down and really focus on Kayla, and to care for Denise? And that was what he came to me to seek answers for.
It's all good now. I'm living for every day. But you never know if something is going to come up that is life changing like this. So to have everything in place already at a fairly young age has been in our favor for sure.
Our house was in order.
And our house was in order because we had a great team that were working with us to make sure that everything was in place.
What separates RBC from the previous institution we were working with is the breadth of services that Yvonne offered us.
Within her team was Gerry D'Souza, who was the insurance expert, Robyn Solnik, who was the will and estate planning expert, and Grant Henri, who did an overview of all the components of our portfolio.
What we're always trying to do is help the client understand the optimal way to structure things, and how they can benefit from it. He's very dedicated to his family, and wanted to make sure that everyone is going to be OK. And I do think that a life event like that causes even the most dedicated business owner to step back and look at what's really important. Also, with Kayla having special needs, left him feeling very uneasy about the financial implications of stepping away from his business.
Parents that have children with special challenges, they're in a unique situation. As part of the planning, we also discuss more practical issues that have to do with if they're not around. So it's not all about the tax, and the numbers. We're also looking at the softer issues that are so important to people.
It's very important for us to know that once we're gone, that she's going to be able to maintain the quality of life that she'll currently has, and will be properly taken care of in the future. So wealth preservation has been something that's been on the forefront in working with the team here at RBC, and it means everything to us.
It's just nice to know that the people that you're working with, that are determining the quality of your retirement, understand what we require as a family, and are working in tandem as a team. So--
And they care.
--it's very comforting.
And they do care.
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