HCBA Connections

March 13th, 2017

Jayne was recently profiled on the Hennepin County Bar Association’s HCBA Connections Blog.






Sykora & Santini is Moving!

December 9th, 2016

We are excited to announce that Sykora & Santini PLLP is moving to the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Beginning December 12, 2016, our office will be on the top floor of the Colonial Warehouse building located at 212 3rd Avenue N, Suite 504, Minneapolis, MN 55401.


What Matters Most 2016 in Trusts & Estates Practice

October 12th, 2016

143717_brochureJen recently gave a presentation titled “Compassion for Your Clients and Respect for the Role We Play in People’s Lives as Their Attorneys” as part of Minnesota CLE’s “What Matters Most 2016 in Trusts & Estates Practice.



2016 Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms

September 6th, 2016

Solo Small JpegJayne and Jen each recently led presentations during this year’s 2016 Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms conference organized by Minnesota CLE. Jayne gave a talk on “Understanding and Using Healthcare Directives and Powers of Attorney,” and Jen on “How to Use Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts – Plus a Word About the Recent Amendment to the Uniform Trust Act.”

Anatomy of a Maritalized Family Trust Will

August 1st, 2016

138917_brochureJayne and Jen recently participated in a panel discussion outlining the “Anatomy of a Maritalized Family Trust Will.” Jayne and Jen, along with colleagues, who are all authors and editors of the Drafting Wills and Trust Agreements Deskbook, discussed how to use one of the most important clauses in one of the most comprehensive estate planning forms in the Deskbook.



Sykora & Santini Are Rising Stars for Third Year in a Row

July 6th, 2016

Super Lawyers Magazine named both Jayne Sykora and Jen Santini to the 2016 Rising Stars list for the State of Minnesota. This is the third year in a row Jayne and Jen have received this honor.

Rising Stars are limited to no more than 2.5 percent of qualifying attorneys. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process in which peer nomination and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

We are delighted to be included on this exclusive list again!

Practicalities of Retitling Assets and Updating Beneficiary Designations

June 29th, 2016

27716_brochureJayne and Jen along with Epilawg colleagues, Maggie Green and Jamie Held, recently participated as presenters at the 2016 Probate & Trust Law Section Conference with “Practicalities of Retitling Assets and Updating Beneficiary Designations: Dotting the I’s and Crossing the T’s of an Estate Plan.”  The presentation provided various examples of situations encountered when retitling assets and updating beneficiary designations for clients and providing practical suggestions on how to best overcome various issues that come up.

Start Your Solo/Small Firm: The First Five Years

May 16th, 2016

NoImageAvailableJayne recently participated as a presenter in the Minnesota State Bar Association seminar “Start Your Solo/Small Firm: The First Five Years” along with attorneys Rebecca Schack, Joe Larson, Kevin Sieben, and Bill Gschwind.  The presentation shared the experiences of lawyers who started and built successful small and solo practices.

Incapacity Planning 101 – Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives

December 28th, 2015

Earlier this month Jen and Jayne, along with Epilawg colleagues Maggie Green and Jamie Held, presented a live webcast on Incapacity Planning 101: Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives. This webcast is through Minnesota CLE, which provides continuing legal education to attorneys and judges throughout the state of Minnesota. Topics included when to use and the differences between a common law power of attorney and the Minnesota Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney; tax treatment of a power of attorney; provisions related to intrusive mental health treatment under a health care directive; alternatives to powers of attorney and health care directives; and practical uses for each document.

Sykora & Santini featured on Lawyerist Podcast

November 10th, 2015

podcast-logo-post-image-640x400Listen to Jen and Jayne discuss how to choose a law partner on Episode #42 of the Lawyerist Podcast. Thanks for the opportunity to share our story and thoughts, Sam and Aaron!