Free Consultation: (888) 920-5983Tap to Call This Lawyer
John B. Palley

John B. Palley

Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.
  • Probate, Estate Planning
  • California
Review This Lawyer
Legal Knowledge
5.0/5.0
Legal Analysis
5.0/5.0
Communication Skills
5.0/5.0
Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
Eric Owen Jeppson
Reviewed by Eric Owen Jeppson March 9, 2018
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
There are very few attorneys I have met that are as good as John is in Probate and Estate Planning. He knows his trade and takes care of his clients.
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ABlawg SearchSocial Media
Biography

I have been practicing estate and probate law since 1994. My practice is 100% focused on California probate court cases only. I pride myself on efficiency and answering my client's questions within minutes rather than days. I am a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. I have highest ratings on numerous websites including Martindale Hubbell "AV" rated, AVVO "10.0" rated, and am a "Superlawyer." I also am a past Sacramento Bee estate and probate "expert." I speak on estate and probate law to professional groups and have been quoted in numerous articles on the subject. I am married and actively involved in my kids sports and activities in Roseville, CA.

Practice Areas
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    In select cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer both flat fee and hourly fee arrangements in different cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
Professional Experience
Attorney
Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.
- Current
Attorney
John B. Palley, Attorney at Law
-
Education
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
J.D. (1994) | Legal Studies
Placeholder image for education.
California State University at Sonoma
B.A. (1991) | Major: International Business; Semester in London 1989
Honors: Deans List
Placeholder image for education.
Awards
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers of Northern California
Super Lawyers selects approximately the top 5% of attorneys for standing out in their field.
10.0 Rated
Avvo.com
AVVO has become an industry leader and their 10.0 rating is the highest offered among attorneys.
AV Rated
Martindale Hubbell
Martindale Hubbell has been rating lawyers for about 100 years and the "AV" designation is their highest.
Professional Associations
Rotary Club of Roseville
Member
- Current
Activities: The Rotary Club of Roseville has been awarded as being an international leader in the Rotary world and is active locally and internationally to make our world a better place.
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Sacramento Estate Planning Council
Member
- Current
Activities: The Sacramento Estate Planning Council is one of the oldest and most esteemed, of it's type, in the area.
Placeholder image for professional associations.
California State Bar  # 173469
Member
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
California State Bar Trusts and Estates Section
Member
- Current
Activities: A leader in legislative reform and education in the areas of trust and estate law in California.
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Ask an Expert
Sacramento Bee
Certifications
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Websites & Blogs
Website
My Main Website
Website
My Law Firm's Home Page
Blog
My Blog
Legal Answers
130 Questions Answered
Q. If a person dies intestate and has two heirs, do you have to put the assets in probate in both of their names?
A: You can sell the assets during probate. Would probably be easier to switch from limited to full IAEA. Then give out cash, 50/50, at end of probate.
Q. Does California probate code 10800 apply if there is a will and a revocable trust in place?
A: No. If a trust is set up AND properly funded then probate is avoided and thus the executor fees are avoided.
Q. Is the property sale of a deceased child considered an inheritance and if so does it exempt them from some or all taxes?
A: Hard to say for sure but typically most probate assets are received tax free. The exception are things like 401ks and retirement accounts. Happy to chat about the details if you contact me directly.
View More Answers
Contact & Map
South Placer Office
2281 Lava Ridge Court
Suite 300
Roseville, CA 95661
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Sacramento Office
1555 River Park Dr
Suite 108
Sacramento, CA 95815
Toll-Free: (888) 920-5983
Telephone: (916) 920-5983
Fax: (916) 920-9379
Toggle tool

There are no recently viewed profiles.

There are no saved profiles.

There are no profiles to compare.