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John Bernard Palley

John Bernard Palley

Practice areas:

Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills & Living Wills

About Me

I am a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law. I also am a past Sacramento Bee estate planning and trust "expert."  I also have been rated "AV" by Martindale Hubbell which is their highest rating.  Contact me with all your probate and trust law issues.  I look forward to helping you out.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Probate: 50%
    21 years, 400 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Trusts: 20%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 5%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

21 total 

  • Paul J Molinaro

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Paul Molinaro Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • John Greel Ralls Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. John is an experienced probate attorney and I recommend him. I enjoyed working with him at a high level attorney conference a couple of years ago. I was very impressed by his knowledge and energy.


    John Ralls Oil & Gas Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Meissner Joseph & Palley, Inc.

1555 River Park Drive Suite 108
Sacramento, CA, 95815

Meissner ,Joseph & Palley, Inc.

2240 Douglas Blvd., Suite 150
Roseville, CA, 95661





Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers of Northern California2014
AV Rated - Peer Review Rating - PreeminentMartindale Hubbell2014
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersBar Registry2014
AV Rated - Peer Review Rating - PreeminentMarintdale Hubbell2013
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersBar Registry2013
Re-Certified Specialist in estate planning, trust & probate lawState Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization2013
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersBar Registry2012
AV Rated - Peer Review Rating - PreeminentMarintdale Hubbell2012
AV Rated - Peer Review Rating - PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Rated - Peer Review Rating - PreeminentMartindale Hubbell2010
AV Rated - Peer Review Rating - PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2009
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate lawCalifornia Bar Board of Legal Specialization2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyMeissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc.1999 - Present
Sole PractitionerJohn B. Palley, Attorney at Law1995 - 1999
Marketing - AttorneyManulife Financial1994 - 1995


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Roseville Chamber of CommerceMember2013 - Present
Placer County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Sacramento Planned Giving ForumBoard Member2009 - 2013
Sacramento Planned Giving ForumMember2009 - Present
Rotary Club of RosevilleMember2008 - Present
Sacramento Estate Planning CouncilMember1995 - Present
Active 20-30 Club #1Member1995 - 2003
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Over 750 Probate casesSuccessful!
Estate PlanningOver 1,000 happy clients!

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Publication NameTitleDate
Sacramento BeeEstate Planning and Probate Expert2009
The American Society of CLU Business CompensationMulti-Employer Welfare Benefit Trusts1995


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
California State University, Sonoma State UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of the PacificInternational BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1991

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
CFP Tax ClassEstate Planning for Tax Students2014
UC Davis Extension Tax ClassEstate Planning for Taxation Students2013
Value Investing for MBA studentsEstate Planning2012
Fun Realtor Education DayEstate Planning2012
Radisson Hotel SacramentoProbate Process from Start to Finish2011
UC Davis Extension Wealth Management - Multi-week classEstate Planning for High Net Worth Families2010
UC Davis Extension Tax ClassEstate Planning for Taxation Students2010
Sheraton SacramentoEstate Administration - Why Every Step Matters2010
Sacramento Planned Giving ForumProbate and estate planning law2008
Probate Process - From Start to FinishProbate Law for Lawyers and Paralegals2008
UC Davis - 10 Week CourseEstate Planning for Financial Planners2006