John B. Palley

100% California Probate Attorney

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

Client testimonials about John Palley


John Palley has been an attorney since 1994 and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Additionally, his reputation among local attorneys and judges has earned him Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV” peer review rating, signifying preeminent legal ability and the highest ethical standards. Mr. Palley is the managing partner of the probate department at Meissner, Joseph, Palley & Ruggles.

John has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers of Northern California. John was selected as the “Best Attorney” by the Roseville Press Tribunein 2015. John has received the prestigious “10.0” rating from and is “Lead Counsel Rated” from which is their highest rating. John is also “AV rated” by Martindale Hubbell ( which is their highest rating.

John is also a past probate and estate planning “expert” for the Sacramento Bee. John has taught classes for UC Davis Extension and National Business Institute on probate and estate planning. John was also recently the focus of an article in Sacramento Magazine about probate and estate law. Over 1,500 California probate estates successfully completed – start to finish!

John dedicates his entire law practice to California probate law and has been working in the probate and estate area since he became a lawyer in 1994. Very few lawyers have the personal focus as John does. 100% dedication to California probate law only.

John has received countless client testimonials over the years. Some of them are listed on his web page.

John lives with his wife Kathleen and their two teen-age children in Roseville. He has volunteered as a coach for t-ball, baseball, basketball, and soccer teams… but for some reason his daughter does not think he is capable of coaching her gymnastics team. Though born and raised in Los Angeles John is a die-hard Sacramento Kings fan and has lived in Northern California since 1986!

  • Attorney since 1994
  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
  • AV Rated Martindale Hubbell
  • 10.0 Rated by
  • Superlawyer by
  • 100% California probate attorney only

Bar Admissions
California, 1994
Utah, 1995

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, May, 1994

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, May 1991
Major: International Business
Honors: Dean’s List, Semester in London, President Delta Sigma Phi

Professional Associations and Memberships

Sacramento Estate Planning Council

Rotary Club of Roseville, CA

Sacramento Planned Giving Forum

Placer County Bar

Roseville Chamber of Commerce

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Client Reviews

A pleasure to work with.

John is my trust attorney, and has been for 10 years. He is intelligent, competent, and never fails to respond quickly to any questions/concerns I might have. Highly recommended!

– Eileen (5 star review)

Great Attorney! John Palley

John Palley provides “Top Shelf” service!!! He assisted my family with a Living trust and Will. The process was easy and turn key. John took the time..

– Gary (5 star review)

Got my questions answered fast

We had a surprise on who was and was not on the title to the house after my step-father died. John gave us clear, actionable advice within an hour after I sent an email to him. I felt like I knew what legal grounds we stood on and direction about what to do next. Thank you John!

– Teddy (5 star review)

You rock John Palley and Crew!

I was told early on by an elderly kind attorney, that the probate process in California is no joke. As a matter of fact he indicated he no longer had the energy to do a full
Probate & suggested that I find someone that specializes in that area. So since the fees in California are statutory I set out to find the very best. And the best I found! I can’t say enough about John Palley and his paralegal Danielle; actually everyone in that office who I had an interaction with. Words that come to mind…….. caring, efficient, responsive, knowledgeable, dynamic. He is totally
on your team and steers you in the best direction for your situation. I had some other issues (probate related) come up during the process and John advised me on those as well. It was like being treated as a family member…in some instances better than a family member. I could go on and on and on. So I will just end this review by stating the obvious……. YOU ROCK JOHN PALLEY!!! You really do! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

– Carol (5 star review)


My family had hired an attorney that had completely misinformed us about the position we were in and what we were entitled to regarding our probate/estate case.
Wanting a second opinion, I emailed John and he was quick to respond and dead on accurate with his information to me. He definitely knows this area of law. If he was closer to Orange County I would’ve fired our attorney and hired him.

– Traci (5 star review)

Excellent Attorney

John Palley helped me through the probate process when my husband passed away. His knowledge of probate law and estate planning including testamentary and special needs trusts is unmatched. Mr. Palley guided me through one of the most difficulty processes a person can go through. I would recommend him to everyone I know.

– Jennifer

Professional, Personable, and Approachable

John assuaged a lot of my worries and concerns regarding my estate planning. For me, his greatest strength was that he listened to all my questions and answered in them in language that I could understand. No hidden agendas and no misleading — just straight-forward and helpful advice and execution.

– Andrew (5 star review)

Heartfelt thanks!

I am an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice defense in Maryland. I was named the Executor of an Estate in Sacramento County, California and rapidly learned that my Estates and Trusts experience in Maryland was not up to the task of California Probate. I searched for an experienced Estates firm to assist me through the process and found John Palley and his firm.

I cannot say with enough enthusiasm how strongly I would recommend John and his firm. He was incredibly accessible, knowledgeable and supportive though the whole process. Additionally, I found his Associate and his staff to be equally accessible, helpful and professional.

Thanks to John and his team for a very successful outcome!

– anonymous (5 star review)