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  • "To anyone in need of a good trust attorney, I share my personal experience with the John Goralka Law Firm. I am the recently widowed 85-year-old father of a multi-handicapped, legally blind, neurologically impaired adult son and two professional social worker daughters who are severely dysfunctional in our family matters. My trust needs are difficult. Several years ago, after disappointing experiences with trust attorneys, I read in the newspaper an advertisement for a free trust seminar by Mr. Goralka which my wife and I attended. Mr. Goralka spoke for two hours on a variety of life situations and legal ways and maneuvers to avoid and/or protect from those circumstances. We found his knowledge of potential situations and legal solutions astounding. As we left seminar, my wife asks what I thought, and I told her "After listening to this guy for two hours I think I can pass the bar exam, and this is the attorney we need to work with." We hired Mr. Goralka in 2016 to rewrite an existing, problematic, special needs trust for our son and a living trust for ourselves. My wife died January 1, 2021, and those trusts served me flawlessly. I have currently hired Mr. Goralka to write two new trusts, a special needs trust for my son, and a living trust for me, that will, upon my death, combine to ensure the continued support and protection of my 50-year plus son. In this for me, difficult time, I have found Mr. Goralka to be not only legally intelligent but patient, sensitive, and understanding of my situation. He continually strives to ensure the new trust accomplishes my wish wishes and needs and that my son's interests are well represented and protected. I extend my personal thanks to Mr. Goralka and to anyone needing a trust attorney I, without reservation, recommend the Goralka Law Firm."
  • "My younger brother had a horrific work-related accident back in the mid 1980’s. My parents worked with a group of attorneys to settle his case. A very large monetary settlement was paid which would have been subject to probate fees, costs and estate tax. A part of that group was an estate planning law firm that employed John Goralka. John worked closely with my parents as he created a trust to avoid conservatorship during my brother’s life. John’s trust also prevented probate costs and estate tax upon his death. John was able to create that despite the fact that my brother lacked the capacity due to the accident. My parents later hired John to advise and help them oversee and administer the trust at his newly created law firm. It’s been about three years since all parts of the trust have been completed and I am so glad John was able to put a plan in place to prevent any estate tax being due upon my brother’s death. My father and John worked through a very tough time for our family and Dad came to think of John as a part of the family because John was so protective of my brother’s trust. When my father passed away, my mother became the trustee, and I accompanied her to meetings that involved the trust. I had never met John, but he earned my respect through his manner, sincerity, and knowledge of every situation we encountered. He always listened and addressed all concerns we had. He fought for us when insurance companies attempted to take advantage of my mother as she acted as trustee. The insurance company tried to avoid payment of a substantial amount due upon my brother’s death. John sued, forced the release of the financial information and obtained another very large payment for the family. John has always been there for us, and I am forever grateful for all he has done for my family."
  • John has a very strong ethical sense and his knowledge in the areas of tax and estate planning is quite sophisticated.
  • John is a superlative lawyer and I am surprised, frankly, that he has not yet been provided an AV rating. He has my strongest possible endorsement. James J. Banks
  • John is an excellent attorney in the areas of Estate Planning, Tax Planning, and Estate Administration. It is a pleasure to work cases with him.
  • Skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney. Kind and caring human being
  • Excellent Lawyer. Bright and personable. Very conscientious.
  • Friendly and calls clients back within 24 hours.
  • I have recommended this attorney to several of my clients and associates. He is excellent in his field of practice.
  • John is a very capable attorney. I referred many matters to him over the years.