Craig Hopper

D’Ana Mikeska’s areas of practice include family wealth preservation, estate, gift, succession, and incapacity planning, estate and trust administration, marital property law, and guardianship. She has developed an expertise in crafting practical yet comprehensive solutions for both straightforward and complex individual and family situations using testamentary and lifetime vehicles such as wills, lifetime trusts, testamentary trusts, outright gifts, family limited partnerships, marital property agreements, intentionally defective grantor trusts, intra-family loans, family business entities, split-interest gifts, and powers of attorney. She frequently assists clients with gift, estate, and generation-skipping tax matters, as well as pre-marital and post-marital agreements. She is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning and Probate Law. D'Ana has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Trust & Estates since 2006, and was recognized by Texas Law & Politics as a "Texas Rising Star" in Estate Planning/Trusts in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

EDUCATION
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. 1993 (with honors)
Texas A&M University, B.S. 1989 (magna cum laude)

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
Partner, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP (2009-2012)
Of Counsel, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP (2001-2008)
Associate, Thompson & Knight, LLP (1993-2001)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS / COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Member, Austin Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning Section; Director 2004-2010; Chair 2010
Member, Estate Planning Council of Central Texas; Director 2001-2004
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

PRESENTATIONS/PAPERS

  • Conveyancing Techniques to Preserve Title Insurance in Real Estate Transactions, 2011 Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course, Houston, Texas (State Bar or Texas), March 2011
  • Conveyancing Techniques to Preserve Title Insurance in Estate Planning Transactions, 2010 Wills and Probate Institute, Houston, Texas, February 2010
  • Conveyancing Techniques to Preserve Title Insurance in Estate Planning and Probate Transactions, 32nd Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, Dallas, Texas, (State Bar of Texas), June 2008
  • Managing Retirement Resources, Legal Affairs and Estate Planning, Texas Electric Cooperatives Annual Retirement Seminar, Austin, Georgetown and Tahoka, Texas (2005-2010)
  • The Uncertainty of Death and Taxes, The Financial Planning Association of Austin, Austin, Texas, October, 2005
  • Guardianship Mock Trial, Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference (UTCLE), Galveston, Texas, August 2005
  • Texas Probate, Beyond the Basics, National Business Institute, Austin, Texas, March 2004
  • Estate Planning and Probate for the Paralegal/Legal Assistant in Texas, Institute for Paralegal Education, Austin, Texas, November 2003
  • Acknowledgement and Substantiation Requirements for Contributions to Charitable Organizations, The Center for Non-Profit Management, Nonprofit Law Day, Dallas, Texas February 1998
  • Split Interest Trusts and Other Partial Interest Gifts to Charity, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Dallas, Texas, January 1997
  • Privilege and Confidentiality Issues When a Lawyer Represents a Fiduciary, 30 Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal 543, December 1996
  • Frequent presentations to community and professional groups on the following topics:
    • Estate Planning: Preserving Your Property for Your Family and Other Beneficiaries
    • Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes
    • Who Wants to be an Estate Planning Millionaire?