Sarah Dykema is an estates and trusts lawyer in our Halifax office. In addition to providing client-focused legal advice across many areas of estates and trusts law, she also provides specialized legal advice in the complex field of cross-border US-Canada estate planning.
Sarah counsels on trust planning and administration, including testamentary, alter ago and joint partner trusts. Sarah also advises on wills and estate planning, including planning for incapacity, probate planning, estate administration, will and power of attorney drafting, and planning geared to minimize tax implications on death. Sarah has deep knowledge of cross-border US-Canada estate planning, and provides estate planning and trust advice to clients who are US citizens or residents, have US relations or US assets. She is able to carefully assess and compassionately meet her clients’ unique needs, whether the client is an individual, a family, a business owner, or a large corporate client.
Sarah has earned the Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation from STEP Canada. She is actively involved with STEP Canada and sits on its Board of Directors and on the Education Committee. She also serves as a Chair of STEP Atlantic, and is a frequent contributor to STEP’s national magazine, Step Inside.
Sarah is a frequent writer and presenter on trust and estate topics, and is an active member of the Halifax Estate Planning Council, The Canadian Bar Association, The American Bar Association (Real Property Trust and Estate Section), The Canadian Tax Foundation, and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
LL.B., Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (2005)
BAH Psychology, Queen's University (1997)