Sykora & Santini Present in Minnesota CLE Practical Estate Planning and Drafting Instruction Series

December 11th, 2019

Jayne Sykora and Jennifer Santini participated in two Minnesota Continuing Legal Education seminars as presenters this month, drawing on their expertise in Minnesota CLE’s Practical Estate Planning and Drafting Instruction series.

In a presentation on Tuesday, December 3rd, Jayne provided instruction in a lecture entitled “Drafting for Married Couples with Young Children.” Maggie L. Green from Donohue Green Law Office, PLLC, Diana L. Marianetti from Maslon LLP, and Seth A. Nielsen from Hayley, Duncan & Melander, PLLC co-presented with Jayne.

On Tuesday, December 10th, both Jayne and Jennifer presented on “Drafting for Unmarried Individuals or Couples.” They were joined by their colleagues J. Steve Nys of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. and Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos of Mathison & Vos PLLC.

Both Jayne and Jennifer have been involved with Drafting Wills and Trust Agreements since 2015 and are included as authors on the Drafting Wills and Trust Agreements with eFormbook, 8th Edition, which was published in November.

Super Lawyers Magazine names Sykora & Santini as Rising Stars for Sixth Straight Year

July 10th, 2019

Super Lawyers Magazine has named Jayne Sykora and Jennifer Santini to the 2019 Rising Stars list for the State of Minnesota. This marks six years as Rising Stars for both Jayne and Jen, who have been honored each year since 2014.

Rising Star is an honor that is 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.

Jayne Sykora Recognized as MSBA North Star Lawyer

June 6th, 2019

Jayne Sykora has been recognized by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a North Star Lawyer for pro bono legal services completed in 2018.

The MSBA recognizes members who volunteer 50 hours or more of legal services in a calendar year as North Star Lawyers. As a North Star Lawyer, Jayne is one of more than 934 Minnesota lawyers who provided over 110,500 total hours of pro bono service in 2018.

 

Minnesota Women Lawyers Conference – Presentation

May 2nd, 2019

On Friday, April 26th, Jayne participated in a panel discussion at the annual Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) Conference. The panel was entitled: “The Why, What and How of Building A Practice.” Jayne presented with Denise Rahne from Robins Kaplan LLP and Beth Forsythe of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Thanks to MWL for the opportunity to discuss building and growing a law practice!

 

Jen Elected to Office

January 15th, 2019

Last week, Jen was sworn in as an elected official for Woodbury City Council.  Congratulations Jen!

Thompson Reuters Estate Planning 101

October 30th, 2018

Jen and Jayne recently presented a CLE at Thomson Reuters to inform staff about the basics of an estate plan and why planning is so important.

The Complete Estate Planning Lawyer

September 28th, 2018

Jayne and Jen recently presented a session titled “Real Estate” at the Complete Estate Planning Lawyer held in Minneapolis.  Jayne and Jen discussed many questions posed to Estate Planning attorneys when handling Real Estate.

2018 Probate & Trust Law Section Conference

July 18th, 2018

Jayne and Jen recently presented a session titled “The Looming Question for Every Probate—How Much Money is in the Estate?” at the 2018 Probate and Trust Section Conference held in St. Paul.  Jayne and Jen discussed how to approach a potential probate to determine solvency and how to administer an estate that may end up being insolvent.

Super Lawyers Magazine names Sykora & Santini as Rising Stars

July 17th, 2018

Super Lawyers Magazine named both Jayne and Jen to the 2018 Rising Stars list for the State of Minnesota.  This is the fifth year in a row Jayne and Jen have received this honor.

Rising Star is an honor that is 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.

Farmland Access Legal Toolkit

April 9th, 2018

Jen recently provided legal review for the farm transfer section of the Farmland Access Legal Toolkit.  The goal of the Farmland Access Legal Toolkit is to provide a helpful resource for farmers who need land in order to farm, and for farmers who want to transition their land to another farmer, as part of their estate planning or for other reasons.