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Tenacious. Responsive. Creative. The Business, Estates, Real Estate, Tax Law & Asset Protection Specialist



STEVE YAHNIAN is an Attorney/CPA/CFP with an LLM in Taxation (New York University) and Certificate in Taxation (UCLA, with Distinction).  Mr. Yahnian is also one of the few California Attorneys designated by the California State Bar Board of Specialization as a Certified Specialist in both Taxation Law and also  Estate Planning,  Trust, and Probate Law.

He began his career as an accountant with one of the International Accounting firms preparing Business, Corporate, Individual and Trust income tax returns, and performing tax research and planning, saving firm clients substantial tax dollars.

He then moved to Visalia, where he was employed by local law firms to provide tax, estates, real estate and business law services. In that position, Steve Yahnian represented hundreds of clients, designed, prepared and implemented hundreds of estate plans, researched and prepared thousands of tax opinions savings clients substantial sums in taxes, and designed, formed, organized and implemented numerous Corporations, LLCs, partnerships, real estate transactions and other business deals.

Steve Yahnian applies his Business, Estates, Real Estate, Tax and Asset Protection planning and counseling skills in his law practice, representing clients in matters involving each of the above areas, saving them substantial tax dollars and ensuring an effective plan that will withstand challenge.

You should never assume that you can prepare your own estate plan, or use online document preparation companies or programs to prepare legally effective and optimized, customized plans and documents. Each client is different and online or other programs that assert that a one size fits all approach is appropriate is not true. A one size fits all approach can lead to expensive litigation and family disputes. It can also lead to exposure of assets to creditors and asset predators.

You need a lawyer who can ensure that your legal document, design, planning, formation, organization and implementation is correct, optimized and effective. Steve Yahnian is your strong advocate, working hard to protect your rights and achieve your goals

As you click on the above tabs and various links on this site, you will find information, including articles, alerts and developments concerning the following core areas of law:

  • Business Law and Planning
  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Sale and Purchase of Businesses
  • Tax Free Corporate Reorganizations
  • Tax Free Corporate Separations
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Estate Planning (Domestic & International)
  • Probate
  • Estate and Living Trust post death administration
  • Living Trusts
  • Real Estate Law and Planning
  • Tax Law Planning (Domestic & International)
  • Tax Resolution, Defense & Litigation

You will also find information concerning D. Steven Yahnian, including a streamlined biography, practice specialties, activities and interests.

Business Sales and Purchases/Mergers & Acquisitions

Mr. Yahnian has also developed a subspecialty representing clients in Business Sales and Purchases as well as Mergers & Acquisitions.

In particular, he has developed and possesses expertise in the sale and acquisition of  small to mid-sized businesses, combinations, joint ventures, tax free reorganizations and tax free corporate and LLC/Partnership separations.

He has nearly 40 years of experience representing businesses, corporate executives and professionals in those matters, including mergers  and acquisitions (M&A). He has developed particular skill in analytical frameworks applying  real-world strategies and solutions to key processes and techniques involving business sales, purchases, separations and combinations.

Key skills and knowledge he possesses include M&A, accounting foundations and applications, legal constraints, tax implications, business valuation techniques, estate planning, business planning, asset protection planning, and M&A risk management.

He plans and designs sale and purchase structures, evaluates proposed structures, and executes business mergers and acquisitions through planning and preparation of legal documents. Tax minimization planning is a major focus of the planning process. As both an Attorney and a CPA, Mr. Yahnian is uniquely positioned to provide business and tax services related to these matters.

He is often lead counsel and/or participates in putting deals together, strategizing to minimize overpayment of taxes and gaining the edge for his clients in business transactions. He focuses on increasing the chances for success in business transfers and combinations for his clients. To do this, Mr. Yahnian brings all of his legal, accounting, financial and business experience and skills to solve problems, and in the planning  and implementing of what his clients want to achieve.




YAHNIAN LAW CORPORATION is a Visalia based Business and Corporate, Estate Planning and Administration, Probate, Real Property, Asset Protection Planning and Tax Law firm. We represent numerous business, estate, real property owner and tax clients on various matters from sales, to leases to defense against the government. We perform business planning, estate planning, asset protection planning,  real property law planning and tax planning among other legal services.


Mr. Yahnian brings years of experience to these areas. He has provided legal services to more than a thousand clients over the years, including individuals, corporations, LLCs, partnerships, trusts and estates.

Mr. Yahnian has advised upon thousands of business and real estate transactions, provided business and real estate planning and prepared thousands of business and real estate documents including the formation of numerous entities, prepared numerous estate plans, and saved his clients substantial tax dollars through tax planning and tax defense services.

Qualifications and Certifications

Steve Yahnian has been a member of the California Bar since 1980. He is a Certified Specialist as detemined by the California State Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of Tax Law and Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law

Mr. Yahnian also is a California CPA providing accounting, tax return preparation, business consulting, financial planning and related services though his separate accounting firm, DSA ACCOUNTING and a CFP® (providing financial planning services as part of D. Steven Yahnian dba DSA ACCOUNTING).

Mr. Yahnian has a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Accounting and Financial Planning Background

Mr. Yahnian practiced public accounting for many years including the preparation of hundreds of income, gift and estate tax returns. He also provides financial planning services to his clients during that time. Finally, Mr. Yahnian has prepared and reviewed numerous financial statements. As a result, Mr. Yahnian brings an experienced acccounting and financial perspective to the legal services he provides to his clients.

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  • Visalia Office
    3130 W. Main Street
    Suite F
    Visalia, California 93291
    Phone: 559-733-8505
    Fax: 559-627-6785