Ytterberg Deery Knull LLP

At Ytterberg Deery Knull, we take a long-term view of the best legal strategies and meaningful solutions for our clients. Our integrated services are tailored to meet the needs that each client has regarding the preservation, growth, and transfer of wealth across multiple generations. This often includes planning to minimize taxes and putting a structure in place that allows members of the current generation and future generations to participate in the management of family wealth.

All of our partners have big-firm experience, and four of them are certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In addition to our experience and expertise, we bring a human element to each relationship premised on trust, integrity, and putting the client first.

All of our partners at Ytterberg Deery Knull are either Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and/or have been designated as Super Lawyers.  With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we represent clients with net worth's ranging from a few million dollars to billions of dollars.  We offer our clients innovative and creative solutions to meet their specific needs through our expertise in:  estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, probate and fiduciary matters, international estate planning and taxation, international trusts, private trust companies, family offices, family-owned businesses, and charitable planning and foundations.


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; tax 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 matte
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Vassar College, B.A., 1970
  • Admitted to practice: New York, 1980, 1987
  • Member, Advisory Committee of The Greater Houston Community Foundation
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Texas Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Houston Grand Opera Endowment Board, Member
  • 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




Contact Ytterberg Deery Knull LLP

Yolanda C. Knull
3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 1000
Houston, Texas  77027
Phone: 713-980-7719
Fax: 713-980-7799


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Texas

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