Jennifer S. Rouse


1555 River Park Drive
Suite 108
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone:  916-920-5983
Toll Free:  800-965-1106
Fax:  916-920-9379

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Jennifer Rouse is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Jennifer S. Rouse

I practice in the areas of estate planning and trust administration, probate, conservatorships, guardianships, and special needs trusts.

My Practice

Estate planning and probate are unique areas of law because they are quite personal—and my ability to build a rapport with my clients is the fundamental strength of my practice. With over 20 years of experience, I’ve managed countless cases of every variety, served on the board of the Sacramento County Bar Association, and served as president of Women Lawyers of Sacramento. But when you’re creating a plan for what happens when you die, you need an attorney who is more than just knowledgeable and experienced. You want to work with someone who can make you feel comfortable and earn your trust.
I prioritize connecting with my clients so that I can truly understand what matters to them. That helps me guide them as we shape their estate plans to reflect their wishes. Although estate planning can be complex, I pride myself in my ability to explain it clearly so that my clients won’t feel overwhelmed. On the contrary, they usually leave my office with a great sense of relief and security, knowing that their dependents will be provided for and their assets will be protected.
I enjoy handling estate planning and establishing and maintaining conservatorships, guardianships, and special needs trusts, because these processes give us the opportunity to set things right before anything can go wrong. Planning for your future needs will not only give you peace of mind now, but will also ensure that matters are handled smoothly when it really counts. And when pre-planning is not possible, I assist with navigating the court process in establishing and maintaining conservatorships and guardianships. I also enjoy probate because I can make sure all parties respect and honor the wishes of the deceased. It is my privilege to protect those who need extra protection and those who have passed on.

My Story

I’ve lived in and loved northern California for most of my life. I grew up in Auburn, and then went to college in Napa Valley, earning a B.S. in History and Government from Pacific Union College. I returned to the Sacramento area to earn my Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law. I’m happily married, and our two young children now go to the same school I attended as a child.
We enjoy travelling, especially to national parks. My favorite is Yosemite—it’s so beautiful and serene. I have many treasured memories of visiting it when I was young, so I love taking my own children there. At home, I love collecting wine and gardening, both flowers and food; both personally and professionally, I like the idea of nurturing something from the beginning and seeing it flourish just as planned.
I’ve been with Meissner, Joseph, Palley, & Ruggles since 2007, and I feel at home here because the other attorneys have values and philosophies similar to mine; I find the firm has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
In addition to working with clients directly, I teach seminars regarding estate planning, special needs trusts, and conservatorships for various organizations, including the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Continuing Education of the Bar, the National Business Institute, Senior Legal Hotline, Special Kids In Educational Settings, the Sacramento County Law Library, financial advisors and CPAs, and others. I enjoy these seminars because I truly believe estate planning is essential, and I’m glad for the opportunity to guide people through this often complicated process.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

California, 1998

Certified Legal Specialty:

Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization


• Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, May, 1998, Honors: AmJur Award for Jurisprudence
• Bachelor of Science in History & Government, with a minor in Business Administration, from Pacific Union College, Angwin, California, June, 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

• California Bar Association
• California State Bar, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section, Member
• Sacramento County Bar Association, Former Board Member
• Sacramento County Bar Association, Probate & Estate Planning Section Member
• Senior Legal Hotline Former Volunteer
• California Women Lawyers, Member
• Women Lawyers of Sacramento, Past President
• California Conference of Bar Associations, Former Delegate


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Client Reviews

Dependable and Professional

Jennifer was so patient and thorough when dealing with the conservatorship of my daughter. I didn’t have a clue as to how to begin or even how the legal process worked regarding the matter. But once Jennifer was hired she confidently handled the whole legal process and I felt like I didn’t need to worry one bit. She handled the case with ease and with no issues. She has always responded when I’ve tried to contact her and she has always been friendly and professional. I am very confident in her skills as an attorney and highly recommend her.

– Bianca (5 star review)