Meet our Professionals
Clara Yang, Attorney at Law
Since 2003, Clara Yang has focused her law practice exclusively on estate planning, special needs planning, conservatorships, probates and trust administration. She is well respected by her clients and her colleagues. Clara appreciates the opportunity to raise her two young sons in the wonderful Mother Lode community of Placerville.
Clara combines her energy, integrity, and professional pride with a continuous effort to provide the most personal, compassionate and effective services to her clients. She is dedicated to helping her clients achieve optimal results through individually customized estate plans.
Clara earned her law degree (J.D.) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from California State University, Sacramento (Magna Cum Laude) and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to attending law school, Clara was a senior business analyst for Hewlett Packard, in Roseville, California.
Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese, Clara is one of the few estate planning attorneys offering multi-lingual consulting in the greater Sacramento region. Clara regularly conducts legal seminars at the Cameron Park Community Center and at her office to keep the community informed of estate planning options.
Yan Yang, Office Manager
Yan Yang is our office manager and bookkeeper. She previously worked for more than ten years as a personal banker and accountant with China Construction Bank. Yan enjoys interacting with our clients at work, and on her days off she likes to take long walks with her two dogs.
Yan received her B.S. in management from Renmin University of China, and she is currently furthering her education at Folsom Lake College.
Valerie A. Baker, Paralegal
Valerie has been a licensed attorney in California since 1994. She is currently on inactive status and working as a paralegal for Attorney Clara Yang in order to continue to focus on raising her family and promoting her horse training business, White Horse Dressage, Arabian Sport Horses. Valerie previously worked for Clara in 2014 and 2015 also as a paralegal and has maintained a friendship with Clara over the years.
Valerie’s background includes 12 years as a Deputy Attorney General prosecuting criminal appeals all the way up to the United States Supreme Court, as well as representing CPS in Dependency cases for the Amador and Los Angeles County Counsel’s Offices. She has several years teaching law school and paralegal classes, but she enjoys working in estate planning etc. more because she believes she and Clara can be a great resource to the community they serve.
Valerie is also a professional belly dancer who has been teaching the art of Middle Eastern Cultural Dance and performing in the community for over 12 years. She produces the Casbah Lounge, Evening of Middle Eastern Dance held in El Dorado which is a non-profit benefit variety show raising funds for local community members in need. Over the past 10 years she’s produced the show, she has been able to raise over $30,000 for various beneficiaries.