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Yulissa Zulaica

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP
101 Montgomery St, Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-527-0788
Fax: 415-693-0500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, Tax: Consumer
Languages Spoken: English, Japanese, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Yulissa Zulaica is a partner at Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP located in San Francisco, California. Ms. Zulaica's estate planning practice includes representing high net worth clients and those with cross-border issues. She has also served as an expert witness in  probate and trust matters. 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 works with clients to design wealth transfer strategies and tax planning and assists clients with matters on a statewide and international basis, serving clients both within California and outside the country. 

Ms. Zulaica earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and received a LLM in tax and her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law. She speaks English and Spanish as well as conversational Basque and Japanese, allowing her to serve a broad range of clients. She has been licensed to practice law in California since 2011.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Zulaica has been involved with several community organizations, including the Latino Community Foundation, The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice & Diversity Center’s Pro Bono Legal Services program and the Women’s Cancer Resource Center. She has sat on the board of the Bay Area Latino Lawyers Fund, the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association and Thousand Currents.

Outside of the office, Ms. Zulaica regularly lectures on estate planning, probate and tax topics, and has contributed to Continuing Education of the Bar, California, publications. She is active in her legal community and a member of The Bar Association of San Francisco and The State Bar of California’s trusts and estates section.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Tax: Consumer
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Will Contests, Tax Law


1 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About Yulissa Zulaica

First Admitted: 2011, California

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Volunteer Legal Services program of the San Francisco Bar Association
  • Women’s Cancer Resource Center
  • Thousand Currents
  • Latino Community Foundation
  • Bay Area Latino Lawyers Fund

Educational Background

  • University of California, B.A.


  • Named a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2017 and 2018

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Trusts and Estates Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • LLM, Masters in Taxation, Golden Gate University, 2011
  • Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2017
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Office Location for Yulissa Zulaica

101 Montgomery St
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-527-0788

Fax: 415-693-0500

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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