First Post

What does one say for their very first blog?  Many times over the years I have had legal issues arise that I felt others would want to hear about.  I have discussed complex legal issues that I thought other people would want to know about.  I have seen personal, intra-family, situations where people fight over the proverbial toaster. I want others to hear about the situation (without names of course) so that hopefully they won’t make the same mistake when their loved ones die.  I have seen poorly drafted estate planning documents and thought it would be great if I had a place that I could easily tell the world what to look out for in their own documents. I have witnessed situations in Court that I felt others would want to hear about.  Practicing in the area of trust, estates and probate since 1994 I have seen a lot of situations come across my desk.  I want to tell YOU about them.  I thus start this blog with all that in mind.  Bear in mind I am not just some newbie attorney with tons of time on my hand. I am a highly experienced attorney who has an entire law practice dedicated to the areas of wills, trusts, probate and estate planning. I am a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  This means I took a second bar exam only in the area of trust, probate and estate law.  I will tell you more about that in coming days.  I also have been rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell which is the highest honor they bestow on attorneys.  I should say that I have had some writing experience that was similar to blogging.  For much of 2009 I was the Sacramento Bee’s trust and estate planning “expert.”  In that capacity I answered reader’s questions on-line, at and in print in the Sacramento Bee.  I am certainly happy to entertain questions here so please feel free to submit questions.  I will generally reply, priviately, by email. However, if you would like your question and answer shown on this blog just let me know.

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10.0John Bernard Palley
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