California Probate Book 2 – Author Bio

I wrote my first book on the California probate process four years ago. You can pick it up on Amazon or email me for a free PDF copy. I have written part of an improved second book on California probate but I don’t think I am ever going to finish it. So I have decided to start releasing sections here on my blog. Here’s the bio of me the author:

John Palley is a “Super Lawyer” as determined by, he has been rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell (, a 10.0 rating by, a Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers selection, and he has a 10.0 rating on  Additionally, he is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning Trust and Probate Law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  He is a past Sacramento Bee probate and estate planning expert and has been quoted in other publications including, Private Wealth Magazine, Sacramento Magazine and many others.   John handles probate cases throughout California and has been an attorney since 1994 focusing on trust and estates throughout his years in practice. John has completed over 1,000 California probate cases during his time in practice and his personal practice is currently 100% focused on conducting California probate estates, after death, in probate courts throughout California. His work is strictly limited to California probate cases, ancillary probate cases and trust cases that need to go to probate court. He is extremely focused on this limited area of law and personally handles no other legal work. John is a partner at Meissner Joseph Palley & Ruggles, Inc. which is an AV rated firm serving California since 1979.

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