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Estates and trusts lawyer Dykema is new chair of STEP Atlantic

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 1:28 PM | By Paula Kulig


Sarah Dykema, an estates and trusts lawyer in the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper was recently named chair of STEP Atlantic. As chair, an appointment that runs for two years, she has also been appointed to the board of directors of STEP Canada.

STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) is a global professional association for practitioners who specialize in family inheritance and succession planning. The group works to improve public understanding of the issues faced by families and promotes education and high professional standards among members.

Dykema, an associate, is part of the private client services group at McInnes Cooper and provides advice in the field of cross-border U.S.-Canada estate planning. She received the Trust and Estate Practitioner designation from STEP Canada.

The organization, which is based in London, has more than 20,000 members in 95 countries, spread over 100 branches and chapters. STEP’s members in Canada — with 100 in the Atlantic region — belong to 11 branches and chapters. In addition to lawyers, STEP includes members of the accounting, corporate, trust, banking and insurance industries.

STEP members share their knowledge and expertise in areas as diverse as estates and succession; family and guardianship law; domestic and offshore trusts; insurance and financial services; international law; anti-money laundering; and tax and business law.