Yulissa Zulaica

Top rated estate planning & probate attorney in San Francisco, California

Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP
Yulissa Zulaica
Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP

Practice Areas: Estate planning & probate, Estate & trust litigation, Tax; view more

Licensed in California since: 2011

Education: Golden Gate University School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Japanese, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021

Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP

101 Montgomery St
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104 Visit website


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

Estate planning & probate, Estate & trust litigation, Tax: consumer

Focus areas

Estate planning, Guardianships & conservatorships, Living wills, Power of attorney, Probate & estate administration, Trusts, Wills, Will contests, Tax law

  • 50% Estate planning & probate
  • 30% Estate & trust litigation
  • 20% Tax: consumer

First Admitted: 2011, California

Professional Webpage: https://jkzllp.com/about/partners-associates-and-staff/yulis...

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

Office location for Yulissa Zulaica

101 Montgomery St
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-527-0788


2 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021

Certificates and credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization
Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
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