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John M. Goralka
Founder, The Goralka Law Firm
Founder of The Goralka Law Firm, John M. Goralka assists business owners, real estate owners and successful families to achieve their enlightened dreams by better protecting their assets, minimizing income and estate tax and resolving messes and transitions to preserve, protect and enhance their legacy. John is one of few California attorneys certified as a Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in both Taxation and Estate Planning, Trust and Probate.
Coronavirus Crisis Brings Estate Tax Opportunity
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Coronavirus Crisis Brings Estate Tax Opportunity

A confluence of financial conditions during this challenging time means that some families with very large estates may want to consider taking steps s…
April 3, 2020
How to Get Your Estate Plan Done While Under Coronavirus Quarantine
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How to Get Your Estate Plan Done While Under Coronavirus Quarantine

If you are quarantined or under a lockdown and can't get to a notary, how can you get your will, trust and other documents executed? Don't give up. Th…
March 30, 2020
Is Your Company Ready for the New Partnership Tax Audit Rules?
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Is Your Company Ready for the New Partnership Tax Audit Rules?

Unless you take action, you could be facing some unpleasant tax consequences.
July 30, 2018
How You Can Reduce Capital Gains Taxes with a Two-Year Sale Strategy
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How You Can Reduce Capital Gains Taxes with a Two-Year Sale Strategy

You can also save money on net investment income taxes.
September 28, 2017
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s $12 Million Estate Planning Mistake
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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s $12 Million Estate Planning Mistake

A few moves could have saved the loved ones of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman a lot of money. Even if you don’t have a $35 million estate, like Hoffman’…
July 26, 2017
Digital Assets Need to Be a Part of Your Estate Plan
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Digital Assets Need to Be a Part of Your Estate Plan

With all the electronic bill paying and online banking that goes on today, it's important to make provisions for them. Otherwise, things could get tou…
June 15, 2017
Estate Tax Repeal? Perhaps Not in California!
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Estate Tax Repeal? Perhaps Not in California!

If President Trump gets his way, the days of the federal estate tax may be numbered — but if it's repealed, California may have an equivalent state ta…
May 12, 2017
How Trump's Presidency Could Affect Your Estate Plan
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How Trump's Presidency Could Affect Your Estate Plan

Potential tax-law changes may turn estate planning upside down, but you still need to make a plan as soon as possible.
December 28, 2016
A Tale of Two Celebrity Marriages and One Prenuptial Agreement
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A Tale of Two Celebrity Marriages and One Prenuptial Agreement

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard could've saved themselves a lot of grief if they'd had a prenup. Learn from their mistake.
September 19, 2016
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6 Estate Planning Tips for Those Approaching Death
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6 Estate Planning Tips for Those Approaching Death

Consider taking some last-minute action to save your beneficiaries from having to deal with extra costs.
July 28, 2016
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3 Key Takeaways from Prince's Estate-Planning Mistakes
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3 Key Takeaways from Prince's Estate-Planning Mistakes

Even without his level of wealth or musical legacy, you should be sure to have a plan in place for everything you want to leave behind after you die.
May 20, 2016
Is Your Estate Plan Truly Complete?
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Is Your Estate Plan Truly Complete?

In addition to your monetary assets, you should consider what "value legacy" you plan on leaving to your heirs.
February 23, 2016