Stephen B. Yim, J.D., LL.M

About The Author

   Stephen B. Yim is a sole practitioner concentrating in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, supplemental needs planning for families who have children with disabilities, charitable tax planning, estate and gift tax planning and estate administration.    A graduate of Punahou School, Stephen received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound, his law degree (J.D.) from Santa Clara University, and his masters of law degree in Taxation (LL.M) from the University of Denver, Graduate Tax Program.

   Prior to entering the private practice of law, Stephen worked as the Senior IRS estate and gift tax attorney in Honolulu.  He also served as law clerk to Judge Daniel G. Heely, and as a tax associate with the Public Accounting Firm of Coopers & Lybrand.

   Stephen served as an adjunct professor at the University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law where he taught the estate planning course, the University of Hawai' i Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Accounting Program, and Hawai'i Pacific University Masters of Business Administration program where he taught estate planning, and estate and gift taxation.

   He provides presentations and articles related to estate planning and estate and gift taxation to various groups, including the Hawaii State Bar Association-Estate & Gift Tax Section, the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants, Enrolled Agents, the Hawaii Association of Public Accountants, the Maui Estate Planning Council and the O'ahu Estate Planning Council.

   He is a member of the estate planning and probate section of the Hawaii State Bar Association and a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. He has also served as chairman of both the Estate Planning & Probate Section and the Estate & Gift Tax Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

   Stephen has also been a board member and past president of the board of directors of Catholic Charities-Elderly Services and has served as a board member of  The Arc in Hawai'i.

   Stephen was selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers In America" for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions in the field of Trust and Estates. He Was recognized in Honolulu magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Hawai'i in the field of Trusts and Estates for 2010, 2011 and 2012 and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC is a national organization of trust and estate lawyers and law professors who have been elected by their peers in recognition of having made outstanding contributions to the practice of estate and trust law.