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John Michael Goralka
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John Michael Goralka

Practice areas:

Trusts, Corporate & Incorporation, Business, Estate Planning, Tax

About Me

Our law firm is uniquely able to assist you with your estate planning, estate administration, tax and business needs. Our philosophy is to put you in a position to succeed, including avoiding litigation, understanding your options and the tax consequences, and utilizing advanced techniques for business succession and personal estate planning.  We are committed to building a lifetime relationship with each and every client based upon integrity, compassion and exceptional service.


At The Goralka Law Firm in Sacramento, we understand business and taxation law and the role these play in your business and estate planning matters. Whether you are starting up a new business, buying or selling an existing business or looking to draw up a will, trust, or premarital agreement, our firm can tailor creative solutions designed to meet your legal concerns and needs. For timely, effective advice designed to achieve results, we invite you to schedule a confidential consultation. Contact us at The Goralka Law Firm.


Our Sacramento business law attorneys are experienced in a number of highly specialized areas of the law, including the following:


·     Probate and trust administration


·     Probate and trust litigation


·     Probate and trust mediation services


·     Asset protection


·     Business and corporate law


·     Estate planning and trusts


·     Tax planning and controversy


·     Commercial real estate transactions


·     Elder Law


·     Commercial leases


·     Pre-marital agreements


·     Partnership, company or corporate terminations


Our founding shareholder, Mr. John Goralka is a California Certified Tax Specialist (certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization). John is also a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. There are fewer than 100 attorneys in the state of California with both of these critical specializations, John is one of the few. In addition, he has successfully completed his Certified Public Account (CPA) exam, and holds a Master in Taxation Law (LLM). Attorneys throughout California refer clients to our firm and call upon Mr. Goralka's business, tax and estate planning experience and knowledge. For additional information about our law firm, or to discuss your business, tax, real estate, or estate planning matter with Mr. Goralka, please call us at (916) 440-8036, e-mail us or fill out our intake form.


 


John is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. The AV Preeminent Rating is the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. This AV rating is the pinnacle of profession excellence earned through a strenuous peer review process by Martindale-Hubbell, the most trusted legal ratings resource. 


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Tax: 20%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
  5. Trusts: 20%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Alyssa T. Nguyen

    I highly recommend John for all estate planning, business planning and transactions, and tax litigation matters. John is the only certified specialist in both taxation and estate planning, probate and trust administration in the Sacramento area, and he is the most qualified attorney to assist you with these matters. John is extremely knowledgeable in his practice areas and delivers only the best work product for his clients. I have worked with John for over 10 years and continue to learn from him every day. He is a great colleague, friend, and mentor.

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    Alyssa Nguyen Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Stephen George Wanderer

    John Goralka is an experienced, knowledgeable and skilled attorney. He is an expert in business and estate planning matters, with a specialty in taxation law. I have personally worked with John on numerous complex litigation matters concerning business, real estate, trust, breach of contract, corporate, insurance and partnership law. In one case, John’s corporate client was sued by the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Pennsylvania for a large sum of money. John was able to get the case resolved with his client paying nothing. I would not hesitate to recommend John Goralka.

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    Stephen Wanderer Lawsuits & Disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Goralka Law Firm, PC

4470 Duckhorn Drive
Sacramento, CA, 95834

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198805/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Five Star Estate Planning Attorney AwardFive Star Professional2014
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and ProbateState Bar of California2010
Certified Specialist in TaxationState Bar of California1994
Making the Most Outstanding Contribution to Legal ScholarshipCorpus Juris Secundum1988
Making the Most Outstanding Contribution to Legal ScholarshipCorpus Juris Secundum1985
Academic AchievementTraynor SocietyN/A
Outstanding Tax Student AwardPrentice-HallN/A
Business PlanningAmerican JurisprudenceN/A
TortsAmerican JurisprudenceN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PresidentThe Goralka Law Firm1996 - Present
Hearing OfficerCalifornia Franchise Tax Board1983 - 1986
Income Tax AuditorCalifornia Franchise Tax Board1979 - 1983

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Sacramento Estate Planning CouncilEducation Chair2013 - Present
Sacramento Estate Planning CouncilMember, Board of Directors2012 - 2013
Order of the CoifMember1988 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/AN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
California Tax LawyerCan the Service Partner Finally Go Back To Work?1992

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CaliforniaLawLL.M - Master of LawsN/A
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CaliforniaLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of SacramentoAccountingBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Fundamental Probate Procedures and PracticesInventory and Appraisal2008
Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning and Asset ProtectionSort Through the Complex Rules Regarding the Taxation of Family Limited Partnerships2008
Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning and Asset ProtectionMaximize the Use of Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning2008
Estate Planning BasicsBasic Taxes You Need to be Aware Of2008
Estate Planning BasicsCharitable Planning2008
Estate Planning BasicsEstate and Gift Taxes2008
Estate and Gift TaxesEstate, Gift and GST Taxes2008
The Probate Process for California Paralegals: From Start to FinishThe Probate Process for California Paralegals: From Start to Finish2004
The Probate Process for California Paralegals: From Start to FinishThe Probate Process for California Paralegals: From Start to Finish2003
A Practical Guide to Estate Administration in CaliforniaA Practical Guide to Estate Administration in California1993
California Tax LawyerCan the Service Partner Finally Go Back To Work?1992
A Practical Guide to Estate Administration in CaliforniaA Practical Guide to Estate Administration in California1992