John B. Palley

John B. Palley Probate Attorney

Meissner, Joseph, Palley & Ruggles – Since 1979

Providing Legal Expertise For Probate Matters Throughout California

John Palley, lead Probate Attorney for the firm

Phone: 800-965-1106

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John Palley

Author of: How to Live and Die with California Probate

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How to Live and Die with California Probate

Main Office: Sacramento, California
Will meet in-person in Sacramento, Roseville, Davis, via Zoom, Skype, phone, email, or otherwise for clients with legal needs throughout California.
Phone: (916) 920-5983
Toll Free: 800-965-1106
Skype: johnpalley
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Probate Lawyer John B. Palley

California probate attorney John Palley is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law as determined by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  John is highly efficient at the California probate process and his personal practice is 100% dedicated to probate court work only.

John has received the rating of “AV” from Martindale Hubbell which is their highest ranking and since 2014 has been rated as a “Superlawyer” by He also has received the highest ratings of “10.0” from both and In 2015 the readers of the Roseville Press Tribune voted John “Best Attorney.”

John is also a past probate and estate planning “expert” for the Sacramento Bee and has been interviewed and quoted on such websites as,, and He also was recently highlighted in an article in Sacramento Magazine.

John has lectured on estate planning and probate at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management MBA program, the UC Davis Extension Certified Financial Planning courses, and the National Business Institute among others. John dedicates his entire law practice to probate law.

He helps clients spread all over California, including but certainly not limited to: Sacramento, Roseville, Woodland, Davis, El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Stockton, Fairfield, Vacaville, Oakland, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, San Jose, San Mateo, San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Temecula, and San Diego.

John is married with two wonderful kids who are in college. He is now retired as coach for their various sports teams as they have moved on. Though born and raised in Los Angeles John is a die-hard Sacramento King’s fan having lived in Sacramento for over 30 years. Although he is also a Dodger fan and a Vegas Golden Knights fan so he is very confused on his teams!   Oh ya, John is a real person.  Please look at his videos on Youtube.

Areas of Practice
Probate Administration

Bar Admissions
California, 1994
Utah, 1995


Professional Associations and Memberships – Current and Past

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California Probate Attorneys – The Probate Team

John Palley is the lead probate attorney and who you will work with personally. However, other attorneys may help out to ensure your case navigates the probate process as efficiently as possible.

For example, Evelyn Skall, was a probate Court attorney at the Sacramento Superior Court (probate division) for over 20 years before joining our firm in semi-retirement. She advised the Judges on upcoming probate hearings during those years at the Court and helped shape our probate department to be the best!  Prepare yourself to be impressed with our knowledge and efficiency!

More Information about the Firm

The firm was founded by two attorneys, Robert Fort and Morgan Johnson, on the core belief of providing top notch legal services with reasonable legal fees. While the firm has continued to meet those core beliefs, our lawyers have also added efficiency and client service to our core.

We will provide you top notch legal services with extremely reasonable legal fees, and at the same time provide you with the top shelf client service that our clients have learned to expect; the “white glove” treatment if you will.  Additionally, you can expect to receive efficient replies to emails and calls, meetings set on short notice and legal work done when we say it will be done.

For all your legal matters on probate matters and trust petitions including the Heggstad petition, contact us today. We are available through phone call, toll free at 800-965-1106, or through our online contact form. Don’t face the complex process of probate at such difficult times alone.


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