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John Michael Goralka

John Michael Goralka


Estate and Probate Law and Tax Lawyer
The Goralka Law Firm
Sacramento, CA
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Attorney Biography

At The Goralka Law Firm, we think outside the box. Our founder, John Goralka, started the firm in 1996 as a single father with two young children—an experience that has given him a deep understanding of the creativity, hard work, and sacrifice necessary to turn dreams into reality.

Today, our extensive knowledge of Business, Tax, and Estate Planning matters provides us with the ability to deliver unique solutions to our clients' needs instead of relying on a quick Band-Aid fix that will eventually cause more problems than it solves. Here's a small sample of some of the successes we've achieved for our clients:

Implemented a tax savings plan for a lottery winner with a $2,500,000 investment, providing income tax deductions of over $1,700,000, a tax savings of nearly $900,000, income for life (with investment control on $1,500,000), and a remainder of over $1,100,000 income tax-free in 10 years (with investment control during the 10-year period).

Reinstated an inherited IRA as a tax-deferred retirement account after the client inadvertently transferred the securities from a qualified account to a non-qualified taxable account. The reinstatement was completed more than two (2) years after the withdrawal. As a result, we successfully appealed the assessment of additional Federal and California Income Tax of over $450,000.

Successfully administered over 1,000 trusts for clients that passed away.

Expertly designed and implemented over 2,500 estate plans avoiding probate; continuing core family values and goals; better protecting the clients’ children and loved ones from divorce, lawsuits, and creditor claims; and minimizing income and estate tax.

Established an asset protection plan for the owner of a number of restaurants in the Los Angeles area protecting personal assets and investment from a claim of over $1,000,000 related to one (1) restaurant.

Successfully negotiated an “as is” stock sale of a combined group of construction companies for approximately $12,000,000.

Established a Medi-Cal Asset Protection Trust for a client to protect an apartment complex worth over $1,000,000.

In a multi-state tax appeal with the California Franchise Tax Board, we successfully resolved the appeal and received a judgment against the Franchise Tax Board for our fees. 

Created a Premarital Agreement, Financial Confidentiality Agreement, and Separate Property Asset Protection Trust for the son of third-generation family business owners. Years later, while the son was a resident of Texas, the Premarital Agreement was challenged in court. After a full trial, the Premarital Agreement was fully respected, and all the family business assets were protected. The judge, in his ruling, complimented our client on the thoroughness, and specificity of the Premarital Agreement and the related legal instruments.

None of us can predict what the future will hold, but our firm will provide the support you need to make informed decisions about the best way to reach your goals. Whether you're seeking to lower taxes on lottery winnings, create a trust to leave a lasting legacy for your loved ones, or expand a family-owned business, we can help. Contact us today to get started.


Practice Areas

 
Estate and Probate Law (28%)
 
Tax Law (28%)
 
Probate (11%)
 
Business Law (10%)
 
Wills (8%)
 
Estate Planning (8%)
 
Trusts (7%)
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Bar Licenses

California State Bar
California
Member in Good Standing
1988

Work Experience

Goralka Law Firm, PC
Attorney at Law & Founder

Education

McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific
McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific

Specialty Certifications

State Bar of California
Board Certified Specialist
Taxation Law
State Bar of California

State Bar of California
Board Certified Specialist
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
State Bar of California

Associations

California Lawyers Association, Taxation Section
Member
California Lawyers Association, Taxation Section

California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section
Member
California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section

California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section
Member
California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section

Member
California Lawyers Association

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion
2022

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John Michael Goralka
The Goralka Law Firm
4470 Duckhorn Dr
Sacramento, CA 95834
www.goralkalawfirm.com
Office: 916-440-8036
Fax: 916-440-8038

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Bar License Information

California Bar Membership -

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Specialty Certification Information

Estate and Probate Law Certification -

CBLS Board Certification in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law - Lawyers certified in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization have demonstrated substantial involvement in this area of practice.


The CBLS defines the term "estate planning, trust and probate law" as the practice of law dealing with:


  • "the creation, protection and disposition of a client's assets, during life and upon and after death, in accordance with the client's expressed desires;

  • the tax and family relationship consequences of the client's acts and desires;

  • the preparation of wills, trusts and other documents to carry out the client's desires;

  • the administration of estates and trusts (such as necessary court or non-court procedures; tax reporting, payment of tax and tax audits; and management and transfer of assets); and

  • the protection of the property and provision for the personal needs of individuals unable to handle their own affairs by reason of age, illness or other incapacity."

Taxation Law Certification -

CBLS Board Certification in Taxation Law - Lawyers certified as specialists in taxation law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization have demonstrated substantial involvement in this area of law.


The CBLS defines the term taxation law as encompassing the "field of law involving the Internal Revenue Code and other federal, state and local tax statutes and interpretive material in connection with matters in which issues of taxation are significant."


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