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Having spent many years working at large, international law firms, Michelle is now advising entrepreneurs, their companies and other high net worth individuals on matters of corporate law, estate planning and real estate. 

Michelle is client-focused, professional and committed to providing the best legal solutions to her clients.

She is unique in her ability to speak fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. 

She is admitted to practice law internationally in California (USA), Ontario (Canada) and England and Wales.

Specialties: Legal services specializing in trusts, estates, corporations, LLCs and partnerships.


Languages spoken: Cantonese, Mandarin, English

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    8 years, 150 cases
  2. Business: 40%
    17 years, 250 cases
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    8 years, 150 cases



Hourly ($350-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mason J. Sacks

    Michelle is an excellent attorney. She is capable, caring, and thoughtful. She takes a personal interest in her clients and their legal matters. One area in which she is exceptional is assisting clients from abroad with their estate planning and business matters in California. Her Mandarin and Cantonese language skills are of considerable value in this regard. I am pleased to give Michelle my enthusiastic endorsement.


    Mason Sacks Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Bruce A McIntosh

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Bruce McIntosh Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Law Office of Michelle Bau Yu

777 N. First Street
Suite 350
San Jose, CA, 95112


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
University of Toronto ScholarUniversity of Toronto1995
E.W. Bickle ScholarshipVictoria University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and PrincipalMichelle Yu Law Office2008 - Present
Legal CounselOntario Securities Commission2006 - 2008
AssociateStikeman Elliott, LLP2004 - 2006
AssociateBorden Ladner Gervais LLP2002 - 2004
AssociateShearman & Sterling2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Jose Estate Planning Attorneys Discussion GroupCo-chair2012 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2008 - Present
California Department of Real EstateBroker2008 - Present
Law Society of England and WalesSolicitor2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
Law Society of Upper CanadaBarrister2001 - Present
Milpitas Chamber of CommerceFormer Board of Directors2009 - 2011
Milpitas Economic Development CommissionBoard of Commissioners2008 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
International real estate investorResolved and finalized matters.
Estate planning for a non U.S. citizen clientResolved and finalized matters.
LLC purchase and sale agreementResolved and finalized matters.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Martindale-Hubbell publicationAttorney2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Osgoode Hall Law School, York UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Toronto Faculty of LawBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Global Investors ForumTrust & Asset Protection2014
Morgan Stanley Smith BarneyEstate Tax for Foreign Real Estate Investors2012
Keller WilliamsProtecting your Assets2012
Global Investors GroupProtecting your Assets2012
Crossing AutomationEstate Planning for your Family2012
India Community CenterAsset Protection and Estate Planning2011
Global Investors GroupAsset Protection and LLCs2011
DCLAsset Protection for your Loved Ones2011
Milpitas Senior CenterEstate Taxes and Probate 1012010
Milpitas LibraryPlanning for the Future2010
Estate Planning FundamentalsEstate Planning Matters - Why does it Apply to Me?2010
El Camino HospitalProtect What's Yours - Safeguarding Your Wealth2010