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Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP

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Yulissa Zulaica
Yulissa Zulaica
  • Partner

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Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D.
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • LL.M.
  • University of California, Berkeley
    • B.A. - 2004

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, California State Bar, 2018

Biography

Yulissa Zulaica is a partner in the law firm of Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP. Her estate planning practice includes representing high net worth clients and cross-border issues in estate planning. She has also served as an expert witness in matters relating to international planning. In addition, Yulissa has extensive experience with probate and trust administration and litigation, and she frequently represents clients in court on contested and uncontested matters. Yulissa is a frequent speaker on topics related to estate and probate matters, including wealth transfer strategies and tax planning.

Yulissa has worked on various publications for Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). She is a member of the State Bar of California and the Trusts and Estates Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She was named a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2017 and 2018. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. and L.L.M. in Tax from Golden Gate University.

Yulissa has been an advocate in the community for most of her life. Over the years she has dedicated her free time with many organizations, including but not limited to the Volunteer Legal Services program of the San Francisco Bar Association, the Latino Community Foundation, and the Women’s Cancer Resource Center and various political campaigns. She also served of the Board of San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, Bay Area Latino Lawyers Fund and Thousand Currents.

Yulissa currently lives in the East Bay with her husband and two children. She is fluent in Spanish and English and speaks conversational Japanese and Basque.

Professional Associations

  • STEP, Member, Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, Present
  • La Raza Lawyers Association, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Trusts and Estates Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Member

Published Works

  • California Domestic Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage, CEB
  • Funding Trusts, CEB, 2018

Classes & Seminars

  • Revocable Trusts: A Versatile Tool for Every Occasion, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Irrevocable Trusts: Tax Savings and Asset Protection, National Business Institute, 2017
  • Marshalling/Valuing Assets, Probate Boot Camp, 2017
  • Probate Proceedings and Trust Administration, Stanford Investment Group, 2016
  • Trusts 101, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Selecting a Trustee, San Francisco Parks Alliance, 2015
  • The Afterlife of Wills and Living Trusts: Probate, Trust Administration and the backend of Estate Planning, Cypress Lawn Seminar, 2015
  • Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Selecting a Trustee for Your Living Trusts, Cypress Lawn Seminar, 2015
  • Speaker, Morgan Stanley, 2014
  • Foundational Estate Planning, Cypress Lawn Seminar, 2014
  • Foundational Estate Planning & Tax Consideration, HSBC Seminar, 2014
  • Foundational Estate Planning, Farmers Insurance Class, 2014
  • Grantor Trust Overview: Focusing on Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts, National Business Institute, 2013
  • Financial and Legal Considerations for LGBT and Same Sex Families in Light of the US Supreme Court Decisions, MetLife Seminar, 2013
  • Generosity and the IRS - Estate Planning and Charitable Planned Giving, IDEX and LCF, 2012
  • Speaker, Latino Community Foundation San Francisco, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2011

Honors

  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners - TEP designation

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Latina Giving Circle (Latino Community Foundation), Present
  • Board of San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Bay Area Latino Lawyers Fund
  • IDEX
  • Volunteer Legal Services
  • Women’s Cancer Resource Center
  • Thousand Currents

References

  • Linda Hong
  • Diana Hastings

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Basque