Candace Minjares, recently joined our trust and estate team after practicing estate planning, business law, and taxation with a boutique firm in downtown Chicago. A Texas native, Candace graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis on International Business. She moved to Chicago in August 2007 to attend DePaul University College of Law. She sat consecutively for the Illinois and Texas Bar, and she was admitted to both in November 2010 and May 2011, respectively. Yearning for warmer weather and wanting to be closer to family in Southern Pines, Candace applied to the North Carolina bar and was admitted in 2016.
While in Chicago, Candace specialized in estate and trust administration for multigenerational, high net worth individuals. Her practice has encompassed all areas of individual and family asset planning including drafting and implementation of family entities, public and private charitable entities, charitable lead and remainder trusts, simple to sophisticated wills, insurance trusts, revocable trusts, generation skipping dynasty trusts, gift trusts, and other related strategies aimed at reducing estate tax and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Candace’s experience ranges from planning for the disposition of small estates through planning for management and disposition of complex estates. Candace enjoys both the drafting aspect of her work and also assisting trust beneficiaries and trustees with the administration of trusts and related matters, such as the interpretation and construction of trust provisions, trusteeship, and trust modifications and terminations.
Candace is excited to begin planting roots in North Carolina, and has been enjoying getting to know the Triangle area. She currently lives in downtown Raleigh, runs the Duke trails in Durham, horseback rides in Southern Pines and volunteers at CORRAL Riding Academy in Cary, an organization that works with at-risk teenage girls and rescue horses.
Candace intends to sit for the Estate Planning and Probate Administration examination in the Fall of 2016 to become a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Administration.
EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL(2010)
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITY
Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC