John M. Goralka

John M. Goralka

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Sacramento, CA

The Goralka Law Firm
 | 4470 Duckhorn Drive, Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: 916-440-8036
Fax: 916-440-8038
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (40%),
  • Tax: Business (20%)
Attorney Profile

The Goralka Law Firm helps successful families, business owners and real estate owners achieve their enlightened dreams by better protecting their assets, reducing income and estate tax and providing for the distribution of their estate to the right people, at the right time and keeping the wrong people out. For over two decades, we have satisfied our clients' unique planning needs by collaborating with our partners, attorneys, accountants, business managers, financial planners, stock brokers and insurance professionals. As tax attorneys and as estate planning and asset protection professionals, our job is to provide peace of mind by easing the process of estate and asset protection planning, minimizing estate and income taxes and developing sophisticated retirement and post-mortem plans.

At The Goralka Law Firm 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.


Professional specialties include: 

  • Advanced income tax and estate planning
  • Developing sophisticated retirement and post-mortem plans
  • Asset protection
  • Business mergers, acquisitions and sales
  • Probate and trust administration/litigation
  • Business and corporate law
  • Estate planning and trusts
  • Elder Law
  • Pre-marital agreements
  • Partnership, company or corporate terminations
  • Probate and trust administration
  • Commercial real estate transactions
  • Tax controversy, tax audits and appeals


John Goralka is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Taxation as well as Estate Planning, Trust and Probate. He is one of few attorneys in Sacramento County with both of these critical specializations. In addition, he has successfully completed his Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exam, and holds a Master in Taxation Law (LLM).

About John Goralka

Admitted: 1988, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Distinguished Client Service Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Traynor Society Award for Academic Achievement
  • Order of the Coif
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award For Making the Most Outstanding Contribution to Legal Scholarship (1985 and 1988)
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts and Business Planning

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Blue Star Wealth Professional
  • Approved Educator - California Certificated Financial Planning Board
  • Approved Educator - California Department of Insurance
  • Passed the California Certified Public Accountants' Exam
  • Former Hearing Officer and Income Tax Auditor, Franchise Tax Board, California
  • Certified Specialist in Taxation Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Estate Planning Basics, "Basic Taxes You Need to be Aware Of" , Co-Author, 2008
  • Estate and Gift Taxes, "Estate, Gift and GST Taxes", Co-Author, 2008
  • Fundamental Probate Procedures and Practices, "Inventory & Appraisal", Co-Author, 2008
  • Estate Planning Basics, "Estate and Gift Taxes" and "Charitable Planning", Co-Author, 2008
  • 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" , Co-Author, 2008
  • The Probate Process for California Paralegals: From Start to Finish, 2003
  • A Practical Guide to Estate Administration in California, 1992
  • California Tax Lawyer, "Can the Service Partner Finally Go Back To Work?", Author, 1992

Educational Background:

  • California State University of Sacramento, B.S. Accounting
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Office Location for John M. Goralka

4470 Duckhorn Drive
Sacramento, CA 95834

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Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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