Yahne Miorini

Licensed to Practice in DC, MD, NY, and VA

Yahne is the founder of the firm, handling all new client matters from Estate Planning (domestic and international), Probate and Trust Administration (domestic and international), and Special Needs Planning, to Senior Protection including asset protection trusts, Medicaid planning, senior housing issues, and government and VA benefits.

Yahne started Miorini Law in 2009. She has over 30 years of experience, with a French J.D./Ph.D. from La Sorbonne and an LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School. Through her involvement in local professional organizations, she has been chair of several committees, past president of VAELA (the Virginia Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys), and named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2006 by the Fairfax Bar Association. She received a decoration from the French government for her public service, la médaille du Chevalier de l’Ordre national du mérite (Knight of the National Order of Merit) and in current the President of the Comité Tricolore.

Estate Planning

Her practice on domestic and international estate planning includes Wills, Revocable Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Living Wills, Special Needs Trusts, Pet Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, and other irrevocable trusts. She counsels clients with multi-million dollar estates including non-US citizens with overseas assets. She also assists clients with real estate investments in France.

Probate and Trust Administration

Her practice on probate, trust administration and related tax matters, includes assisting executors and trustees or protecting the interest of beneficiaries of an estate. She represents beneficiaries living overseas and monitors international estate administrations. She assists trustees with the funding, administrating, and terminating of trusts including related tax matters (fiduciary income tax returns and estate tax returns).

Elder Law

Her practice on elder law includes long-term care planning, Medicaid planning and Veterans’ benefits. She works with clients to maximize their options ensuring that they age with dignity and respect. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and former Vice President of its Virginia chapter.

Veterans Benefits

Ms. Miorini is accredited by the Veterans Administration but limits her practice to pension claims.


• “When you Notice your Client has Diminished Capacity,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly (May 2012)

• Author of reoccurring articles on estate planning, Washington Accueil Association, La Plume (2009-2014)

• “What is an Elder Law Attorney,” Fairfax Woman (March/April 2011)

• “Aging Parents – How to Help Them and Talk with Them,” Fairfax Woman (January/February 2011)

• “The New Virginia Power of Attorney Act,” FBA (July 2009)

• “Caring for Elder Parents,” The Women’s Bar Association, Raising the Bar (May 2003)

Speeches and Lectures

• “Probate vs. Non-Probate Assets,” National Business Institute (April 2018)

• “Preparing the Petition, Initial Steps and Forms,” (for estate administration) National Business Institute (October 2017)

• “How to Structure Trusts to Plan for Medicaid: Step-by-Step,” National Business Institute (August 2017)

• “Top Pre-Planning Tools: How to Protect Your Client’s Assets,” National Business Institute (August 2017)

• “Living vs. Testamentary Trusts,” National Business Institute (June 2017)

• “Grantor Trusts”, National Business Institute (June 2017)

• “Funding Trusts: Ensuring Optimal Asset Transfers, Changing Ownership, Monitoring Asset Performance.” Stafford (October 2016)

• “Trust-Based Medicaid Planning in Detail,” National Business Institute (August 2016)

• “Form 706 Compliance for Estates,” Stafford (March 2015), co-speaker

• “Probating Estates that Include a Business,” National Business Institute (October 2014)

• “Spouses’ Elective Share,” National Business Institute (October 2014)

• “Excluded vs. Countable Assets,” National Business Institute (February 2014)

• “IRS Form 706,” Stafford (May 2013), co-speaker

• “Final Accounting and Tax Returns – Closing the Estate,” National Business Institute (October 2013)

• “Obtaining VA benefits,” National Business Institute (May 2013)• “Technology and the Practice of Law,” VAELA (February 2013)

• “Tax Planning for Trusts and Estates,” National Business Institute (January 2013)

• “Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security,” National Business Institute (March 2012)

• “Possible Liability Problems for an Executor,” National Business Institute (October 2011)

• “Probate for Another Purpose,” National Business Institute (October 2011)

• “Resolving Legal and Financial Issues in Elder Care,” National Business Institute (April 2011)

• “Preparing and Dealing with the Client’s Diminishing Capacity,” National Business Institute (March 2011)

• “Ethical Issues in Elder Law: Capacity,” University of Richmond School of Law (March 2011)

• “Legal Ethics: Technology in Law Practice,” National Business Institute (February 2011)

• “Tax Considerations for Drafting Basic Estate Planning Documents,” National Business Institute (February 2011)

• “Changing Technology and Attorney-Client Privilege,” National Business Institute (August 2010)

• “Being Thorough to Close the Estate without a Hitch,” National Business Institute (September 2009)

• “Special Problems with the Family,” National Business Institute (August 2009)

• “Protecting Family Members,” National Business Institute (August 2009)

• “Trust Code Law,” Lorman Institute (October 2008)

• “Proactive Planning for Estate Tax,” National Business Institute (April 2008)

• “Estate Administration Process,” National Business Institute (April 2008)

• “Reducing the Estate With an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust,” National Business Institute (April 2008)

• “Navigating Trust Administration Procedures With Ease,” National Business Institute (January 2008)

• “Mastering the Details of Tax Procedure,” National Business Institute (January 2008)

• “Uncovering the Laws of Intestacy,” National Business Institute (October 2007)

• “Understanding the Role of the Personal Representative,” National Business Institute (October 2007)

• “Managing the Inventory,” National Business Institute (October 2007)

• “Simple Estate Planning for Pro bono Attorneys,” Fairfax Bar Association (June 2007)

• “Estate Planning for Parents,” Booz Allen Hamilton (March 2007), and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (December 2006)

• “The Schiavo Tragedy,” Urban institute (March 2006) and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (January 2006)


• “Making a Difference: Fighting Domestic Violence,” the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (June 2004)

• “Long Term Care Insurance for Businesses and Law Firms,” the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (December 2003)

• “The Financial Aspects of Elder Care,” the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (November 2003)

• “Caring for our Elderly Parents,” the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (June 2003)

• “The Psychology of Women Toward Money,” the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (May 2003)

• “Money Shy to Money Sure,” the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (March 2002)

• “Is This My Style or What?” the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (October 2001)

Honor and Awards

• 2017 Chevalier de l’Ordre national du mérite (award from the French Government)

• Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 2006 from the Fairfax Bar Association

Professional Memberships

• American Bar Association

• District of Columbia Bar

• Fairfax Bar Association

• McLean Estate Planning Council

• National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and its Virginia’s chapter

• New York Bar

• Virginia Bar Association

• Virginia State Bar Association

• Virginia Women Attorneys Association

• Maryland Bar Association

• Maryland State Bar Association

• Society of Financial Service Professionals