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Yolanda C. Knull Partner Direct dial: 713-980-7719 Email Yolanda yknull@ydklaw.com V-Card 3737 Buffalo Speedway
Suite 1500
Houston, TX 77098-3738
Fax : 844-272-0807

Yolanda's practice focuses on estate planning and family wealth transfer for individuals and families within and outside the U.S.  She has experience in income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping tax matters; complex estate planning; succession planning for closely held businesses; estate administration matters; dispute resolution involving fiduciaries, families and their entities; and creating, administering, and long-range planning for private tax-exempt charitable institutions, including private foundations.  Her practice also includes an administrative practice before the IRS.

Representative Experience

Estate Planning

  • Designing and implementing estate plans to meet the family and philanthropic objectives of clients in a tax-efficient manner
  • Assisting individuals and families in designing  and implementing succession plans to transfer ownership and management of family enterprises
  • Assisting clients in creative approaches to dealing with difficult wealth-related family issues
  • Assisting in structuring tax efficient settlements of fiduciary and family disputes including contested probate and trust matters and in connection with the dissolution of marriages

Estate Administration

  • Assisting executors in the administration of large and complex estates including important art, closely held businesses, minerals, ranches, etc. through initial probate, preparation of federal estate tax returns, audit by the Internal Revenue Service, and funding of bequests
  • Assisting estates and individuals with negotiating and selling important art directly or through auction houses

Cross Border Estate Planning

  • Pre-immigration estate planning
  • Coordination of estate tax and inheritance laws of U.S. and foreign jurisdictions
  • Planning for U.S. persons expecting inheritances from non-U.S. family members
  • Advising non-U.S. persons with respect to U.S. gift and estate tax and Texas probate law matters

Private Foundations and Public Charities

  • Assisting clients in the creation of private foundations, including formulating their mission statement
  • Advising private foundations with respect to changes in state and federal tax laws
  • Assisting private foundations in creating and implementing succession plans
  • Assisting both donors and recipient charitable institutions with structured gifts and bequests, federal tax and federal and state compliance matters



  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Vassar College, B.A., 1970
  • Admitted to practice: New York, 1980, Texas, 1987


  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Texas Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Houston Grand Opera Endowment Board, Member
  • Greater Houston Community Foundation Council


  • A Texas Top-Notch Lawyer in Trusts and Estates, 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America(R) in trusts and estates law, 2003-present
  • "Texas Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly, 2004-present
  • "Top 100 Attorneys" handling personal wealth concerns, Worth Magazine, December/January 2009
  • "Top Trust and Estate Lawyers," Bloomberg Personal Finance, 1999
  • "Best Trusts and Estates Lawyers in the U.S.," Town and Country, 1998
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Band 1 (2016-Present)