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Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. My name is John Perna and I am the owner of The Perna Law Firm located in the Town of Cary, North Carolina.

I began practicing law in 2007 after completing a rigorous course of study at New York Law School and taking the New Jersey bar exam. In 2013, I took advantage of an opportunity to relocate to North Carolina with my family after spending over twenty years working in both the public and private sectors. My family and I love North Carolina and especially Cary the place we call our home. We appreciate living here and do our best to give back to the community by volunteering in various activities that the town has to offer.


My passion is helping individuals, families and business owners achieve peace of mind by developing and implementing creative, customized, and yet cost effective strategies to protect their personal, financial and business interests. I do this by treating my clients like family, protecting their interests as if they were my own, and making sound recommendations to help them accomplish their goals. I give my full attention to every client that walks through my door and I work hard to exceed their expectations.   


I practice law so I can use my education, training, and experience to best serve my clients. To that end, I have focused my practice to Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, Business Planning and Asset Protection. In order to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in the law, I became an active member of WealthCounsel, a national community of top estate planning professionals and nationally recognized thought leaders, committed to the highest standard of practice excellence. The WealthCounsel platform offers its members a collaborative approach to Trust and Estate Planning and helps ensure that its members are constantly kept at the leading edge of the newest Estate Planning ideas and real world approaches.   


I believe that effective planning is critical to the financial, physical, and emotional well-being of my clients, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved in the process. I have been licensed to practice law since 2007 and have since been admitted to the Bar of the State of North Carolina, the Bar of the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. My education includes a Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School, a Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University in Professional Education and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland where I attended on a four-year football scholarship. My professional affiliations include membership in the American Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association and the North Carolina Tenth Judicial District Bar. I am currently the President of the North Carolina Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys, a non-profit dedicated to the betterment of the estate planning practice and the delivery of estate planning services to the residents of North Carolina.   


When I am not at work I spend time with my family, friends and church community. I volunteer my free time coaching in the various youth sports leagues, providing legal services to the less fortunate and serving on the boards of non-profits and charitable organizations.      


If you would like to learn more about The Perna Law Firm and the services we offer, just give us a call or email us through the “Contact” page of this website.

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Professional Affiliations


American Bar Association


Wealth Counsel Member

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Wake County Bar Association

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NC Forum of Estate
Planning Attorneys

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Tenth Judicial
District Bar
Wake County, NC

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The Perna Law Firm is serving your Estate Planning and Business Planning needs since 2007. The materials on this website do not constitute legal advice, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Perna Law Firm or any of its attorneys or clients. This website is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship between you and Perna Law Firm, and you should not act or rely on any information in this website. Your receipt or transmission of information to or from the Perna Law Firm website alone does not create an attorney-client relationship or ensure confidentiality.

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