Ms. Yamashita-Iida is a lifelong native of the South Bay. After attending North Torrance High School, she graduated from Loyola Marymount University magna cum laude as a Valedictorian Finalist and Leadership Scholar.
From there, she received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School's 2-year accelerated SCALE Program and wrote for the Journal of International Law Honors program.
Ms. Yamashita-Iida is an active member of the Japanese American Bar Association and is currently serving as a Kizuna fellow on the Board of Directors for the Go For Broke National Educational Center. In addition, she regularly contributes articles to the JACL's Pacific Citizen newspaper.
Here at Elder Law Services, Ms. Yamashita-Iida is the head of the Estate Planning Department, where she handles the creation of Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and other ancillary documents. She also concentrates on the qualification and application for long-term care Medi-Cal benefits.
When she's not working, Ms. Yamashita-Iida enjoys going to Mammoth with her fiancé and their two German Shepherds to hike, ski, and fish. She is also an avid hula dancer who performed and competed all around the world for 20+ years. She is an annual competitor at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i and has most notably performed at the Hollywood Bowl and Osaka-jō Hall in Japan.
Ms. Cara recently passed the 2017 February California State Bar Exam and is currently working in the Trust Administration Department at Elder Law Services of California, APLC (ELS). Ms. Cara grew up in Paramount, California, attending Our Lady of the Rosary elementary school and parish.
In 2004, she attended Saint Joseph High School in Lakewood, California, serving as Associated Student Body Council Executive President her senior year. in 2008, she moved to the Inland Empire and continued her studies at the University of California, Riverside, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2012.
At UCR, she worked alongside the National Financial Educators Council, and her fellow classmates, to establish a campus organization tailored to spread financial literacy throughout the Riverside community. in 2013, Ms. Cara moved to San Diego and attended California Western School of Law. She attained her Juris Doctor in 2015.
While in law school, she served as Secretary for the South Asian Law Student Association and was a member of the Women's Law Caucus, Federalist Society, and Phi Alpha Delta. When Ms. Cara is not in the office, she is spending time with her family and friends, reading the latest best-selling fiction novel, or taking multiple trips to Disneyland or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.