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About Me

I have a background in real estate finance and managed a thrift and loan before attending law school. I started my legal career with a mid-sized (50 attorney) firm in Fresno California, where I practiced in business, real estate, and estate planning law. I returned to my hometown, Paradise, California, in 1994, and formed a partnership (Travers & Rank) with my stepfather, Donald Travers. I became a certified specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, as certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, in 1998, and have been a sole practitioner since 2000. I have a support staff of four, including two paralegals. I represent a broad range of clients, including farmers, business owners, professionals, and retirees. I am a past president of the North Valley Estate Planning Council, and past president of the Rotary Club of Paradise.  I have done various presentations to legal and charitable organizations on issues related to estate planning, elder law, and estate administration. I am committed to my community and my clients. I have three children, all of whom have attended or are attending University of California campuses, and a longtime marriage with my lovely and supportive wife, Sherry.


Practice Areas


  1. Estate Planning: 60%
    23 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    23 years
  3. Elder Law: 10%
    23 years
  4. Business: 5%
    23 years
  5. Real Estate: 5%
    23 years



Hourly ($150-275/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

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Contact Info

5951 Almond St
Paradise, CA, 95969



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust LawState Bar of California2014
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Sole PractitionerJohn J. Rank, Attorney at Law2000 - Present
PartnerTravers & Rank1994 - 2000
Associate AttorneyBaker, Manock & Jensen1992 - 1994
Association NamePosition NameDuration
North Valley Estate Planning CouncilPresident2000 - 2001
State Bar of CaliforniaCertified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law1998 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Probate & TrustN/AN/A1998
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of California - Santa BarbaraBusiness EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Impact of New Tax Act on Existing & Future Estate Plans2001 Tax Act2001
Continuing Legal Education SeminarAddressing Capacity Issues in Estate Planning2000
Charitable Giving TechniquesCharitable GivingN/A