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Yolanda Kanes is a partner and Chair of Tannenbaum Helpern’s Trusts & Estates practice. She has been practicing at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP since graduating from Fordham University School of Law in 1984.

Yolanda counsels individuals and families in the preparation of wills, trust agreements and related instruments pertaining to all phases of estate planning and administration. She advises high-net-worth individuals on complex estate and transfer of wealth plans, including business succession, matters pertaining to closely held companies, and in creating and maintaining family offices. She has represented non-resident aliens regarding U.S. tax aspects of their plans as well as U.S. persons establishing trusts off shore.

Her diverse experience extends to Federal and State litigation involving corporate and real estate transactions with a specialty in trusts and estates litigation. Yolanda represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in all aspects of estate and trust litigation matters in Surrogate's Courts, the Supreme Court of the State of New York and in appellate practice.

She has also developed an expertise in advising individuals and families in matters relating to pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and marital agreements; adoptions; and establishing and advising clients on private foundations and other charitable organizations.

Yolanda has handled Family and Trust Arbitrations and has served as an arbitrator.

Significant Matters

Arbitrator in Prudential Securities Litigation

Contact & Links


  • 900 Third Avenue
    New York, NY 10022


  • Fordham University, J.D. Honors: Fordham International Law Journal, graduated 1984
  • Queens College of The City University of New York, B.A, graduated 1980

Bar Admissions

  • United States, New York


  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York - Member
  • Respect for Law Alliance - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Special Focus

  • Litigation


  • Best Lawyers in America - 2021, 2022
  • Super Lawyers: 2020, 2021

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Navigating Legal Guardianships: A Primer to Help Parents of Children with Disabilities New York Law Journal

Navigating Legal Guardianships: A Primer to Help Parents of Children with Disabilities New York Law Journal

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