MWA Ep. 18: Estate Planning: Beyond the Basics with Jen Santini

The MedTech Wealth Advisor Podcast Graphic with Matthew Nelson & Jen Santini, J.D. for Episode 18: Estate Planning: Beyond the Basics with Jen Santini, J.D.

Have you planned how your assets will be handled after you’re gone?

Building on foundational estate planning strategies, this episode of the MedTech Wealth Advisor Podcast, hosted by Matt Nelson, CFP® with guest Jen Santini, J.D. gets into advanced estate planning strategies for MedTech professionals and entrepreneurs. They explore the critical roles of wills and trusts for asset distribution after death and incapacity planning. With a breakdown of the three types of trusts and what might be the best option for you. This conversation aims to simplify estate planning as an integral part of both professional and personal financial management.

Key Highlights:

  • Wills and Trusts:
    • Matt and Jen emphasize the key roles of wills and trusts in advanced estate planning to avoiding state-enforced asset distribution and in managing assets effectively after death or during incapacity
  • Living Revocable Trusts:
    • The episode underscores the importance of living revocable trusts for property owners across multiple states or those with complex family situations like blended families, ensuring adaptive asset control
  • Trust Types Explained:
    • Jen distinguishes between revocable and irrevocable trusts, highlighting their advantages and limits with a focus on asset protection and tax implications
  • Tax Planning with Trusts:
    • Explore strategic tax planning with trusts to maximize tax benefits and preserve estate value, particularly effective in high-tax states
  • Elder Care and Asset Protection:
    • The significance of early planning for elder care and asset protection is discussed, aiming to solve asset transfer issues and maintain eligibility for public benefits
  • Planning for Minor Children and Heirless Estates:
    • The necessity of appointing trustworthy guardians and trustees is highlighted, focusing on protecting the financial futures of minors and managing estates without direct heirs
  • And much more!

Tune in to gain actionable advice and ensure your estate planning aligns with your wishes, safeguarding your legacy for the future.


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About Jen Santini, J.D.

From an early age, Jen knew she wanted to go to law school. Not because she came from a family of attorneys but because she enjoyed solving problems and helping others. Being a lawyer was a way to combine her passions. However, she did not expect that she’d ultimately practice primarily as a trusts & estates attorney. 

Prior to forming Sykora & Santini PLLC, Jen spent the majority of her professional career in the financial services industry in Boston. During law school, Jen worked in the legal department at Putnam Investments and then transitioned to MFS Investment Management. At both companies, she focused on legal matters complying with SEC, FINRA and state regulations. In addition, Jen has worked on corporate governance matters, such as reorganization of departments, rebranding of products, and mergers and acquisitions.

Upon graduation from law school, Jen moved to the Twin Cities. She did not intend to start her own firm but partnering with Jayne to do so has been one of her best decisions. She loves working with people and enjoys learning about her clients’ life stories – both personally and professionally.

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