Meissner, Joseph & Palley

Meissner, Joseph & Palley

Firm Overview

Our firm is focused on serving all of California in areas of probate and estate planning law. John Palley is our lead probate attorney and pleased to be one of the first Sacramento attorneys listed on in the early 00's. We do a substantial amount of probate and estate planning work throughout California.

Main Office

1555 River Park Drive Suite 108
Sacramento, CA 95815


(916) 920-5983


(916) 920-9379


Free Initial Consultation?

In many cases yes. The length of the free consultation depends on the type of case. Call or email with details of your case.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

A lot of our estate planning work is done on a fixed-price basis. That fee will be determined at the initial meeting. If you mention Nolo to John Palley he will be happy to quote you that fee by email or phone. Our fees are very reasonable considering our background, experience and credentials. We have no problem telling you up front what your fee will be!

Hourly Rates

Our hourly rates range from $200 to $350 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

8:00 - 5:00

Office Manager


Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken


Other Offices

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

Yolo County Office
510 4th Street
Davis, CA 95616

Estate Planning

Meissner Joseph & Palley, Inc. has been one of the leading estate planning law firms in Sacramento since 1979.

Our firm's main office has been located near Arden Fair and Cal Expo since 1979 in the same office. We expanded to add a Roseville office in 2007. We serve all of California in areas of estate planning, probate and business law.


Meissner Joseph & Palley's probate department has been led by John Palley since 1999. During that time the firm has become one of the leading probate law firms in the state of California.

Filing approximately 75 probate court petitions a year Meissner, Joseph & Palley is one of the leading probate law firms in the entire state of California. Full probates, small estates, trust petitions, conservatorships, guardianships and any other probate court petition. The firm can help! Ask for John Palley the probate lead attorney.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes. This is on a case by case basis.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Generally speaking the attorney you hire will be the attorney you speak to throughout your case. However, paralegals and other attorneys are always available if your attorney is not.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Mediation is a common way to solve a litigated probate matter and we fully support that process.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

We provide pro bono legal services though agencies but not through direct client contact.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We have focused on probate and estate planning since 1979. We have 4 attorneys who are certified specialists in estate planning, probate and trust law and/or taxation law.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We love educated clients and pride ourselves on helping our clients to fully understand what they are signing.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are willing to review documents prepared by clients. However, be warned that we will be critical!

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

On a rare occasion we will work as a back room technician to help you through the probate process as a "pro per." This is a case by case issue.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

Our firm is highly efficient and customer service oriented.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Our firm's two strengths are probate and estate planning. In probate we have been a leading provider of probate court services since 1999 and produce a huge volume of probates throughout the state. In estate planning we have been a cutting edge firm in Sacramento since 1979. The vast amount of experience is among the highest in the state in both areas of law!

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Our firm's core started with a large estate planning practice in the late 1970's. During the years since we have become a leader in trust administration, probate and business law.

John Palley

Meissner, Joseph & Palley

Our firm was established in 1979 and John Palley joined the firm in 1999 to lead our probate department.Generally speaking the attorney you hire will be the attorney you speak to throughout your case. However, paralegals and other attorneys are always available if your attorney is not.


Bar Number: 173469
California, 1994


McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
J.D., 1994

California State University at Sonoma
B.A., 1991

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