4470 Duckhorn Drive
Sacramento, CA 95834

(916) 440-8036


About John M. Goralka, J.D., LL.M.

Sacramento, CA Estate Planning Attorney

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John M. Goralka, J.D., LL.M.
Attorney at Law

Professional Specialties:

  • Asset Protection Planning and Implementation
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Elder Law, Medi-Cal Eligibility Planning
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Probate, Conservatorship and Guardianships
  • Sales of Businesses and Real Property
  • Shareholder and Business Buy/Sell Agreements for Estate Planning and Business Continuation Purposes
  • Tax Planning and Tax Litigation Controversy
  • Trusts


  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Specialist in Taxation Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Former Hearing Officer and Income Tax Auditor, Franchise Tax Board, California
  • Passed the California Certified Public Accountants' Exam
  • Approved Educator - California Department of Insurance
  • Approved Educator - California Certificated Financial Planning Board
  • Blue Star Wealth Professional
  • Distinguished Client Service Award - Martindale-Hubbell 2014
  • 2016 Northern California Super Lawyer for Estate Planning and Probate, Tax, and Business Law
  • 2016 Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyer for Business and Corporate Law
  • Rated AV preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 10.0 Rating with Avvo.com


  • California Tax Lawyer, August, 1992 – "Can the Service Partner Finally Go Back To Work?"
  • Nationally recognized author with articles regularly appearing in Kiplinger, NASDAQ.com, On Wall Street, The American Journal of Managed Care, Penton: Wealth Management, Yahoo Finance, Leimburg, ThinkAdvisor and Hospital Impact.


  • Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning and Asset Protection, "Maximize the Use of Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning" and "Sort Through the Complex Rules Regarding the taxation of Family Limited Partnerships," August 2008
  • Estate Planning Basics, "Estate and Gift Taxes" and "Charitable Planning," August 2008
  • Fundamental Probate Procedures and Practices, "Inventory & Appraisal," May 2008
  • Estate and Gift Taxes, "Estate, Gift and GST Taxes," January 2008
  • Estate Planning Basics, "Basic Taxes You Need to be Aware Of," January 2008
  • The Probate Process for California Paralegals: From Start to Finish, 2003 and 2004
  • A Practical Guide to Estate Administration in California, 1992 and 1993


  • California State University of Sacramento, B.S. Accounting
  • McGeorge School of Law, J.D. with distinction, Class Rank – 4th
  • McGeorge School of Law, L.L.M. Taxation

Academic Achievements:

  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts and Business Planning
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award For Making the Most Outstanding Contribution to Legal Scholarship (1985 and 1988)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Prentice-Hall Outstanding Tax Student Award
  • Traynor Society Award for Academic Achievement


  • Board of Directors, Sacramento Estate Planning Council
  • Sacramento County and California Bar Associations
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Former Education Chair
  • Wealth Counsel
  • Elder Counsel
  • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)


I highly recommend your service. This has been an informative, reassuring, and pleasant experience. I have benefited greatly and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to avail myself of your services.

- Dr. Isadore Morrison, Jr

Mr. Goralka is an outstanding attorney who is very competent in various areas. We have received professional services from Mr. Goralka for many years. He is local to the Sacramento area where his roots lie, however, he doesn't stop there. Just recently, he prepared Living Trust Fund where he doesn't leave any rock unturned, and gives us real peace of mind. We are privileged to endorse Mr. Goralka in every way possible.

- Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ruffino

AV Preeminent
Wealth Counsel Member
Client Distinction Award
California Board of Legal Specialization
NAELA Member
Elder Counsel

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Goralka Law Firm serves clients throughout Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom and Elk Grove, California and the Surrounding Areas. Services provided include legal consultation and the preparation of: Revocable Living Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Healthcare Power of Attorney, Life Insurance Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Corporations, Charitable Trusts, Medi-Cal Planning, and Other Estate Planning and Tax Planning Strategies

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