Client Reviews

Dear Amy, I am so appreciative of your passions and advice in explaining and answering all my questions. I always appreciate your input and understanding. Thank you!

– Loola K.

Appreciative thanks for professional services rendered.

– Brendan M.

Amy – We want to thank you and Kevin for taking us through the process of creating our Trust.  You made it an interesting and painless task.

– Susan S.

Amy – Thank you for all of you support and wise counsel.

– D

Dear Amy,

Thank you for the excellent work that you did for my clients, Richard and Janie. They told me you made the process clear and easy. – Thanks again.

J. W. Financial Planner

Review of Ms Amy Ruggles, Esq

I found myself in an embarrassing and unfortunate situation. Ms Ruggles helped me in a non-judgemental manner, with an immediate plan; with immediate execution, and with a happy ending. She is knowledgeable, trustworthy, approachable, and efficient. I would recommend Ms Ruggles to anyone who has a need for an attorney.

– Marian (5 star review)


Mr. Palley was so helpful, kind, courteous and very interested in my issues. Mr. Palley took the time to investigate my issues and respond to me…

– Amelia (5 star review)

A solid choice for probate and estate planning matters

It was a pleasure working alongside Mr. Palley on a complex and hostile probate matter. Since then I have referred clients to Mr. Palley and remain comfortable doing so based upon his knowledge, experience and people skills.

– Scott (5 star review)

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)


I will forever be grateful to you for all of your patience, time, help, support and wise counsel. Without your leadership and professionalism, we would never have achieved such a good outcome.


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)

Amy is Awesome!!!

I met Amy through ARAG so that I could create a trust and will. She listened to my questions and addressed all of my concerns. There is a lot more to do before meeting with an attorney and I wasn’t prepared for all of the effort Amy put forth in completing all of the necessary documents. I would absolutely hire her again for any other legal needs I have in the future.

– John (5 star review)

Amy Your’re the best!

Amy –

Thank you again. It was a pleasure doing business with you.  It was a good experience for Gail and I.  You’re the best.


– Jeff and Gail

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)

Very pleased

Amy just finished working on a trust for my wife and I. Besides being very responsive to our requests, she did the most important thing. She made sure all of our assets were titled in the trust. Every client, that I have sent to Amy, has been very satisfied with her service.

– Ron (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)

Dear Amy,

We received our beautiful red bound Trust documents. Very impressive. Thank you so much for all your hard work and especially your patience. You were a pleasure to work with.

-R. & J.

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

A #1 Attorney!!!

He responded within 10 minutes via email. He asked many questions and was thorough, kind, caring and though he couldn’t help me, he was quick to let me know how to widen my search! I would recommend Mr. Palley to anyone!

– Leslie (5 star review)

Dear Amy,

Thanks again for your help and counsel! You are very good at what you do! Also, please thank Kevin for his help over the last year! All the best to you and your family!

-John T.

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)

A really hard worker

Joh, did a complicated will and trust for me and was always timely, courteous and professional.

– Ed (5 star review)

Like Family

I’ve been working with Mr. Palley so long time now it is like he is a member of the famuly. He is a fantastic lawyer and able to simplify very complex issues to help me make the right decisions for all my probate issues.

– Jeff (5 star review)