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Steve Yahnian

Estate planning Attorney at Visalia, CA

5.0   10 reviews

also known as D. Steven Yahnian, Dodd Steven Yahnian

  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1980
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D. Steven Yahnian, Attorney at Law, JD, CPA (California), LLM (Tax),  has been a member of the California State Bar since 1980.  In addition, Mr. Yahnian is one of a small group of attorneys who are California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization Certified Specialists both in Taxation Law, as well as Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate Law.  Mr. Yahnian is the only attorney in Tulare County and Kings County with both designations 

YAHNIAN LAW CORPORATION specializes in providing legal advice and solutions in the following areas:

  • Business, Individual and Consumer Law & Planning
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Real Property Law & Planning
  • Tax Law Planning & Defense
  • Asset Protection Planning


PO Box 7742
Visalia, CA, 93290
Yahnian Law Corporation
PO Box 7742
Visalia, CA, 93290
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2020
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Yahnian Estate planning, tax
Steve Yahnian has given us excellent advice in setting up our LLC business and saving us money on our taxes.
Posted by Jesse | March 17, 2020
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Business tax preparation
I have had my business taxes completed by Steve Yahnian for many years. He is an excellent tax attorney. I would recommend Steve to anyone who is in need of a tax consultant/ attorney.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2020
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Excelent Attorney/CPA Services
I hired Steve Yahnain to help me with some government tax and business planning matters that I had been dealing with. Mr. Yahnian proved to be extremely knowledgeable of the tax laws and was able to successfully resolve my matters and also help me with some tax saving business plans that has greatly worked to my benefit. Mr. Yahnian was very professional in handling my matters and treated me respectfully. He is a very intelligent attorney and CPA with sophisticated ideas with a strong command of the laws in which I highly recommend his services to anyone. I have continued to use Mr. Yahnian’s services on an ongoing basis.
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Posted by Lance | March 16, 2020
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If you are in need of someone to represent you in the most professional and personal way. My only recommendation is Mr. Yahnian.
Three years ago we were in need of a tax attorney to help us out of a situation that could have been far more worse for us if we had not found Mr. Yahnian. My previous tax preparer was not the person I should have put my trust in. This person put us in a 2 year hole and we needed to be brought out of it and stabilized immediately. Mr. Yahnian was not a referral to me. His website was the only thing I had to go with and it was a great start. My first meeting with him was all I needed. He listened thoroughly to everything I had to say. He immediately had a game plan for what it would take to get us back on track. But before he started he educated me and helped me understand far better than I had before about the tax world. I never thought I would be needing the help from a tax attorney. The mistakes that were made previously got the attention from you know who which created a lot of stress. Not once did he bad mouth the previous preparer which is true professionalism. The one thing he continued to do was assure me saying, " we will get through this and get you back on track ". When he said "we" he meant his team and me! That is what sold me. Not to forget his spiritual faith either. After he talked with me I didn't need any further convincing he was the right person for the job. Mr. Yahnian made me feel like I was the only client he had. I know that wasn't true but that is how I felt. To this date I am still represented by Mr. Yahnian for our tax needs and services and also our financial concerns that effect our taxes. Mr. Yahnian and his team have treated me as if I were family and that itself is greatly appreciated.
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Posted by Sheryl | January 4, 2016
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Will & Trust Interview & Preparation
My husband and I met with Mr. Yahnian regarding preparing our will and trust. We had met with another attorney in Visalia previously, but did not appreciate that attorney personally interjecting how she felt our children's inheritance should be handled. Mr. Yahnian did not do that. He listened carefully, gave sound legal advice, and told us that he would setup our will & trust based on our wishes. Both my husband and myself highly recommend Steve Yahnian. He is a true professional that listens to the needs and wishes of his clients.
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Posted by Russ | December 17, 2015
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My Review of Mr. Yahnian's Legal Services
I have used Mr. Yahnian's legal services on several occasions over the past 25 years. I have always been impressed with his thoroughness and attention to detail with the contracts he has provided for me. One thing I appreciate most is his ability to explain complex concepts without resorting to "legal-ese." I like to understand what I'm getting myself into without feeling like I'm in over my head and Mr. Yahnian has always been able to walk me through my options to my satisfaction.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2015
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Revenue audit of partnership and Estate Planning
A previous law firm reconstituted an LLC through a complex swap of partnership interests from other entities retaining favorable tax advantages. The structure was audited. Steve astutely recognize the need to retain additional counsel and together they achieved a satisfying result for us. We have additionally used Steve for setting up estate plans for several aging partners. While complex, the plans have been in place for many years.
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Posted by Russ | December 11, 2015
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Will, Trust and Estate matters
I have known Steve and used his services for over 30 years and he has been very helpful and professional. Steve is very thorough with a true concern for accuracy. He has a concern for your needs and works to attain the desired results. I would certainly recommend Steve for any legal advice or legal services.
Posted by Rosely | December 10, 2015
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Living trust and forming corporations
He's great! He's been our family attorney for over 20 years. He's very knowledgeable. If he isn't sure about something he checks it out and gets back to you in a timely manner. I have advised others to go to him. They have been very pleased and impressed also. He's also really easy to understand. Legal documents are very difficult for me to understand. I need someone like Mr. Yahnian to explain it to me.
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Posted by Roy | December 10, 2015
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empathy and listens
Steve Yahnian is more than my attorney, he also is my friend. He has prepared for me all my corporation filings and given excellent advice even down to what to name the corporation and why. He listens and has empathy. Yes, I would recommend he to anyone who needs his advice and services.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Yahnian Law Corporation
  • 1988 - Present
  • Lecturer
  • San Joaquin College Of Law
  • 1990 - 1991
  • DSA Accounting
  • 1980 - 2024


  • UCLA
  • Certificate in Taxation (With Distinction)
  • 2021
  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2011
  • Loyola University of Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of Southern California
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1977
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  • Tulare County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialist
  • California State Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2020
  • Certified Tax Law Specialist
  • California State Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2020
  • CFP
  • CFP Board
  • 1995
  • CPA
  • California State Board of Accountancy
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Tax Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is fantastic. Smart and experienced. Honest to a fault. I recommend him highly."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Even among professionals, Mr. Yahnian's breadth of knowledge and expertise are rare qualities. What makes Mr. Yahnian unique is the degree of his commitment to his clients and his strong ethics. He was thorough, cost effective, and an outstanding communicator."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steven is a truly excellent estate planning attorney. In addition to being a Certified Specialist in Taxation and Estate Planning, he is also a Certified Public Accountant. His estate planning documents are impeccably drafted. When I have a difficult estate planning or tax issue, he is the person I call."