Jennifer E. Bunkers, CAP®

Overview

Clients find Jennifer easy to work with and appreciate her ability to offer common sense advice for all kinds of trust and estate related matters. From traditional estate planning to complex dynasty trust administration, her extensive knowledge and practical experience guides clients through the maze of transferring wealth, family businesses and personal legacies from one generation to the next.

Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Jennifer to his Task Force on Trust Administration Review and Reform in 2011. She continues her service on the task force today, helping South Dakota maintain its ranking as the best trust jurisdiction in the United States.

Bio

A significant portion of Jennifer’s practice is devoted to representing individuals with their estate plans. Whether it involves preparing trusts, wills or power of attorneys, clients appreciate Jennifer’s personal approach to tailoring clients’ estate plans to fit their wishes. As a part of her estate planning practice, Jen is counsel to closely-held business owners, advising them on issues all types of matters involving business operation, real estate matters and succession planning.  Start to finish, everything from entity formation to transferring the business to the next generation, Jennifer is a trusted advisor to business owners and family farmers alike, guiding clients throughout intergenerational transfers in a practical and tax-efficient manner.

Jennifer is also well-respected for her expertise in the area of trusts, representing both trustees and beneficiaries on all aspects of trust administration. She has served for Governor Daugaard on his Task Force on Trust Administration Review and Reform since her appointment in 2011.  Clients find that her extensive experience with trust reformation, decanting and modification is a tremendous benefit to those who have availed themselves of the flexible and progressive trust laws of South Dakota.

Jennifer is married to Jon, a fourth-generation farmer; and they have two children.  In her spare time Jen volunteers for numerous church, school and community activities.  She is currently serving on the board of directors for Volunteers of America – Dakotas Foundation, Inc. and as Chair of the Avera McKennan Regional Philanthropy Council.

Education:

  • B.A. Business Administration, 1998
    University of Sioux Falls
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • J.D., Law, 2006
    University of South Dakota School of Law
    Vermillion, South Dakota

Professional and Community

Admitted to Practice

  • South Dakota

Associations

  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • Second Circuit Bar Association
  • S.D. Governor’s Task Force on Trust Administration Review and Reform
  • Volunteers of America –Dakotas Foundation Board
  • Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary
  • St. Joseph the Workman Parish, Huntimer
  • EmBe Girls On The Run – Coach
  • Avera McKennan Foundation Board

Certifications

  • Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy