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John B. Palley

Roseville Office

2240 Douglas Blvd.
Suite 150

Roseville, CA 95661

Phone: 916-774-0560

Fax: 916-258-6387

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Meissner, Joseph & Palley has been serving all of California from their Sacramento offices since 1979.

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John Palley

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Practice focused on probate, trusts and estate law since 1994
  • Personal practice is 100% probate court work
  • Past Sacramento Bee Estate Planning and Probate “Expert”
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Rated a “Superlawyer” by superlawyers.com (top 5%)
  • Rated a “10.0″ by Avvo.com (their highest rating)
  • Rated as “AV” by Lawyers.com (their highest rating)
  • Voted “Best Attorney” by the readers of the Roseville Press Tribune in 2015
  • Offers both flat fee or hourly fee arrangements 
  • Quick to return phone calls and emails – try us now!

Author – How to Live and Die with California Probate

Main Office: Sacramento, California
Will meet in-person in Sacramento, Roseville, Davis, via Skype, phone, email, or otherwise for clients with legal needs throughout California.
Phone: (916) 920-5983 Ext 405
(888) 920-5983
Fax: (916) 920-9379
Skype: johnpalley
Email: Email Me

Sacramento Estate planning attorney John Palley is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. John has received the rating of “AV” from Martindale Hubbell which is their highest ranking and since 2014 has been rated as a “Superlawyer” by superlawyers.com. In 2015 the readers of the Roseville Press Tribune voted John “Best Attorney.”  John is also a past probate and estate planning “expert” for the Sacramento Bee. John has lectured on estate planning and probate at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management MBA program, the UC Davis Extension Certified Financial Planning courses, and the National Business Institute. John dedicates his entire law practice to estate planning, trust, and probate law. He helps clients spread all over California, including but certainly not limited to: Sacramento, Roseville, Woodland, Davis, Stockton, San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego. John lives with his wife Kathleen and their two young children in Roseville. He is active as a coach for their various sports teams. Though born and raised in Los Angeles, John is a die-hard Sacramento King’s fan!  Oh ya, John is a real person. Please look at his videos on Youtube. Here’s a link.

Areas of Practice
Probate Administration
Trust Administration

Bar Admissions
California, 1994
Utah, 1995

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, May, 1994 J.D.
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, June 1991
B.A., International Business

Professional Associations and Memberships – Current and Past

Sacramento Estate Planning Council, Member

Rotary Club of Roseville, Member

California State Bar, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section, Member

Sacramento County Bar, Probate and Estates Section, Member

Placer County Bar, Member

Sacramento Planned Giving Forum, Past Board Member

Active 20-30 #1, Sacramento, Past-Active Member

California State University Alumni Council, Past Board Member

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  • Other Attorneys in the Firm
  • Irving B. Joseph
  • John J. Meissner Jr.
  • Jennifer S. Rouse
  • Amy H. Ruggles
  • Sandra L. Sava
  • Sasha Oberle Colllins
  • Ulisis Pizano-Diaz
  • Joseph F. Uzarski
  • Robin S. Diamond

The Team

John Palley is the lead probate attorney and who you will work with personally. However, other attorneys may help out to ensure your case navigates the probate process as efficiently as possible.  For example, Evelyn Skall, was a probate Court attorney at the Sacramento Superior Court for over 20 years. She advised the Judges on upcoming hearings. She reviews many of our documents before filing to ensure exact compliance with the probate Court standards.  Prepare yourself to be impressed with our efficiency!

More Information about the Firm

The firm was founded by two attorneys, Robert Fort and Morgan Johnson, on the core belief of providing top notch legal services with reasonable legal fees. While the firm has continued to meet those core beliefs, our lawyers have also added efficiency and client service to our core.  We will provide you top notch legal services with extremely reasonable legal fees… and at the same time provide you with the top shelf client service that our clients have learned to expect; the “white glove” treatment if you will.  Additionally, you can expect to receive efficient replies to emails and calls, meetings set on short notice and legal work done when we say it will be done.

Ratings and Reviews

10.0John Bernard Palley
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2015 Best of the Best Badge