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37. Estate Planning for Families With Special Needs Children With Fred Ryall



Having a special needs family member carries unique, emotional, and financial concerns.

That’s why it’s important to work with a professional who understands exactly what you are facing.

In this episode, Kris Dureau welcomes Fred Ryall, an estate practitioner with more than 40 years of experience. For the last 15 years, Fred has worked with special needs children and adults to help them with their unique planning needs. In fact, he received the Queen Elizabeth the Second Diamond Jubilee Award from the Governor-General of Canada for his efforts.

Fred joins the show to share his insight about estate planning for families with special needs members. He explains the areas of the planning process that need to be considered and reveals why documenting details about a disabled child is so important.

Fred discusses:

  • The unique challenges families with special needs children face
  • What a Henson trust is and how it benefits those with special needs 
  • Easy ways to document and organize your child’s details 
  • Five key areas of the planning process he covers with the families he works with
  • And more!

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About our Guest:

For over 35 years, Fred has been providing financial and estate planning advice for self-employed business owners, designated professionals, executives, and families to ensure social and family legacies.

Some of his recent professional accomplishments include receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award from the Governor-General of Canada for his planning with families who have special needs children. In 2007, he also received the Julia Award from Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Fred has had the privilege to speak to several other special needs organizations including, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Canadian Down Syndrome Society, ALS Canada, Autism Ontario, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 18th Chromosome Deficiency, Alzheimer Society Canada, and the Peel Public School Board’s Special Needs Programs.


Episode 25 – Your 10-Step Pre-Retirement Checklist



One of the reasons why retirement is such a major life decision is timing. If you retire too early, you might have financial trouble. If you retire too late, you might not have the energy to enjoy it to the fullest. 

So, when is it the right time to retire? 

To help you decide, Kris Dureau walks you through his 10-step pre-retirement checklist. This list will help shed light on the different financial, health, and planning considerations you need to be aware of as you approach your next stage of life. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why you need to choose the type of retirement you want to live 
  • How a cash flow plan, emergency funds, and health insurance can help you improve your retirement needs 
  • How retirees and pre-retirees can approach debt 
  • Benefits of changing your accumulation portfolio to a retirement income portfolio
  • And more!

Tune in today and discover how you can better navigate the path of retirement planning!

Resources:  Episode 6 – Why Everybody Needs a Will | Episode 15 – How to Retire Well (Part 1)Episode 16 – How to Retire Well (Part 2)  | Three Hats Financial  | Kris Dureau | Retirement Shift Worksheet | Cashflow Spreadsheet