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John B. Palley

John B. Palley

Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.
  • Probate, Estate Planning
  • California
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Lawyer Rating and Reviews
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
Rating: 10 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.
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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
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Skype
  • Zoom
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
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.
- Current
Attorney
John B. Palley, Attorney at Law
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Education
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
J.D. (1994) | Legal Studies
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California State University at Sonoma
B.A. (1991) | Major: International Business; Semester in London 1989
Honors: Deans List
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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.
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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.
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California State Bar  # 173469
Member
- Current
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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.
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Publications
Articles & Publications
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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
136 Questions Answered
Q. Dad died Wed. and my sister (100% beneficiary) wants to petition LA court to add me to Living Trust. How do we do this?
A: It’s very possible court won’t be required. A lot depends on tax considerations, terms of trust, etc. I highly encourage you to hire an experienced trust attorney to help. Good luck.
Q. Is there an easier way than probate to transfer real estate, clear title and owned outright, to an established heir?
A: A full probate is required. There is no getting around it with values like that. The threshold to avoid probate is $166,500 in gross value of all assets subject to probate. This estate is clearly well above that so a full probate is required. We can get you initial documents tomorrow and get this filed this week if you contact us to go over the details. The faster you start the faster you get to the finish line. Please contact me to go over any specific questions. Good luck. -John
Q. Can you tell me why the assessor office will not grant me title on property in which I am entitled. Under proposition
A: Prop 13 and probate have nothing to do with each other. You need to go through the probate court to transfer title. The assessor does not transfer title.
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Contact & Map
South Placer Office
2281 Lava Ridge Court
Suite 300
Roseville, CA 95661
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
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
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