Golnar Yazdi


Estate Planning, Trusts + Wealth Transfer

For more than 25 years, Golnar has been a trusted advisor to high-net-worth families and individuals.  She uses sophisticated estate planning strategies to help clients achieve their personal and business wealth transfer objectives while minimizing the impact of estate, gift and generation‑skipping taxes.

Golnar counsels her clients on a wide range of estate planning matters, including inter-generational dynastic planning, charitable planning, planning for overseas holdings and cross-border matters, estate and gift tax issues and the administration of trusts and probate estates.

She has been selected by her peers to the Northern California Super Lawyers® list (2009-2017), the Northern California Super Lawyers® Top 100 list (2014-2016), and the Northern California Super Lawyers® Top 50 Women list (2012-2016).

Key Areas

  • Intergenerational trust planning in California and other jurisdictions
  • Estate and gift tax issues
  • Estate planning for blended families
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts
  • Charitable planning
  • Family limited partnerships
  • Qualified domestic trusts for nonresident spouses
  • Overseas holdings and related cross border issues
  • Administration of trusts and probate estates


  • Fluent in Farsi

Academic Credentials

  • J.D., Santa Clara University
  • Geneva/Strasbourg Program in International Law through Santa Clara University
  • B. A., with honors, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Diploma in French Studies, University of Haute Bretagne, Rennes, France
  • State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

Experience and Affiliations