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Asheesh Advani is an entrepreneur, investor, and author.   He pioneered the business of managing person-to-person loans between relatives and friends when he founded CircleLending in 2001, which was acquired by Richard Branson's Virgin Group in 2007.   As a columnist for Entrepreneur, he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a media commentator.   He has been quoted in The Wall street Journal, The New York Times and Time Magazine, and has been profiled on PBS and NPR.   He is a graduate of Oxford University and the Wharton School, and is an active member of angel investment groups and Young Presidents Organization.

Attorney Christopher A. Ball is the author of  California Workers' Comp: How to Take charge When You Are Injured on the Job, now in its fifth edition. Since 1991, Mr. Ball has practiced workers' compensation law exclusively. He is certified as a Worker's compensation Specialist with the state Bar of California. Mr. Ball received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Long Beach State in 1972 and graduated law school from Western State School of Law in 1975.

Sachi Barreiro is a legal editor at Nolo, specializing in employment law and workers’ compensation law. Before joining Nolo, Sachi practiced law for several years in San Francisco, first representing injured plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits, then advising businesses on employment and corporate matters. Sachi received her law degree from the  University of San Francisco School of Law, where she graduated  magna cum laude.

Leon Bayer is a Los Angeles, California bankruptcy attorney, practicing since 1979. His primary focus is on representing individuals and small businesses in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. He is a founding partner in the California law firm of  Bayer, Wishman & Leotta  and is a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law. To learn more about Leon, you can visit his  Los Angeles Bankruptcy Blog  or his  Los Angeles bankruptcy attorney  website.

Mr. Bayer is a coauthor of Nolo's  The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You?, authors the “Ask Leon” series on  Nolo’s Bankruptcy, Debt & Foreclosure blog, and writes on bankruptcy topics for Nolo’s website. In addition, Mr. Bayer devotes a significant number of hours to volunteer legal services. The State Bar of California has commended Mr. Bayer for this work every year since 2004.

Mr. Bayer’s professional affiliations and leadership roles are many, and include: President of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (1995-1996), member of the State Bar of California’s Law Advisory Commission on Personal & Small Business Bankruptcy Law (1996-2000), and exam grader and question writer for the State Bar Legal Specialization test on Bankruptcy.  

Mr. Bayer testifies in court as a legal expert in bankruptcy malpractice suits, and is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy law. He has spoken at the former  Bridging the Gap  program for new lawyers, lectured on bankruptcy case law developments at a number of the  State Bar of California Annual Meetings, and has presented bankruptcy law material at many other educational programs.

Mr. Bayer’s frequent television appearances include interviews on KCAL9 News and EXTRA (where he weighs in on various celebrity bankruptcies). He has also served as a bankruptcy expert on many different radio shows and news stations, and is a frequent guest on KALW-FM public radio’s  Your Legal Rights.

Mr. Bayer’s publications include:

  • The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You?  (Nolo)
  • The Essentials of Chapter 13, Daily Journal Report, December 18, 1987
  • Basic Bankruptcy, California Practice Handbook, Matthew Bender 1992, 1993 (contributing editor), and
  • Personal and Small Business Practice in California, CEB Bankruptcy Practice Guide, 2003 (reviewer and contributing author).

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Richard Barnes is a practicing lawyer, author and regular speaker on business and estate planning. He is the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, a past President of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers, a past President of the Valdosta Rotary Club, a contributor to South Georgia Business magazine, a member of the Valdosta bar association, and a member of the American Bar association. Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Valdosta State University, teaching a course on Business Associations.

Richard is a graduate of Rhodes College and Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was the Senior Student Writing Editor of the  Vanderbilt Law Review. He served as general counsel for the Transmission Networks Systems Division of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. and practiced law at two Atlanta firms before joining a firm in Valdosta.

Paul Bergman
J.D., UCLA Law School Professor

Paul Bergman is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a recipient of a University Distinguished Teaching Award. His recent books include  Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies  (Andrews & McMeel);  Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Techniques  (with Moore and Binder, West Publishing Co.); and  Represent Yourself In Court  and  The Criminal Law Handbook  (both with Sara Berman, Nolo). He has also published numerous articles in law journals and regularly gives presentations on how law and lawyers are portrayed in film. His blog on the criminal justice system can be found at  The Rap Sheet: Nolo's Criminal Law Blog.

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Sara J. Berman is a professor at Concord Law School and co-founder of PASS Bar Review. She is the co-author of  Represent Yourself in Court  and  The Criminal Law Handbook  and the author of numerous articles and law course materials.

Sandra Block
personal finance columnist, USA TODAY

Sandra Block, one of the country's most respected personal finance journalists, is a senior associate editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. Before joining Kiplinger's, she covered a variety of financial issues, including mutual funds, taxes and IRAs, as a reporter and columnist for  USA TODAY.

Ilona Bray, J.D. is an award-winning author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, workplace wellness and nonprofit fundraising. Many of her books are consistent Nolo bestsellers, among them  Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits,  U.S. Immigration Made Easy  and  Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. Her latest book is entitled  Selling Your House:  Nolo's Essential Guide, which  won gold in the annual  Robert Bruss competition for books published in 2015, from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE). Ms. Bray  particularly enjoys interviewing people and weaving their stories into her books.

Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Master's degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington  School of Law  and  Jackson School of International Studies, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from  Bryn Mawr College. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, going to open houses, and gardening.

Bray also  blogs  on on topics such as nonprofit fundraising, real estate, and immigration matters.    She's the  winner of  NAREE's 2012 "Best Blog" award.  

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Michael Boyer is a part-time landlord, college professor at the University of Alaska, and attorney. He has graduate degrees in management and law plus over a decade of experience as a successful do-it-yourself landlord. He has been on both sides of the landlord-tenant equation, as a landlord and as a volunteer attorney representing low-income tenants. Michael lives with his family in Juneau, Alaska.  Every Landlord's Guide to Managing Property  is his first book.

David Brown

David Brown practices law in the Monterey, California area, where he has represented both landlords and tenants in hundreds of court cases -- most of which he felt could have been avoided if both sides were more fully informed about landlord/tenant law. Brown, a graduate of Stanford University (chemistry) and the University of Santa Clara Law School, also teaches law at the Monterey College of Law.

Timothy Burke
CEO, National Family Mortgage

Timothy Burke is the founder and CEO of  National Family Mortgage, based in Belmont, Massachusetts. National Family Mortgage is America’s premier online solution for helping families properly document and manage real estate loans with their relatives. Since launching in late 2010, National Family Mortgage has facilitated over $350 million in mortgage loans between family members.

Mr. Burke holds an MS in Philanthropy from Suffolk University and a BA in English from Boston College.

A recognized expert on intra-family loans, Mr. Burke has managed nearly $1 billion in intra-family loan volume over his career. Burke has been interviewed and quoted in top financial publications, including  The Wall Street Journal,  The New York Times,  Kiplinger,  AARP, and syndicated columns nationwide. Mr. Burke is also a featured expert in the 2015 edition of  Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home.

Kathy Chu
Reporter, USA TODAY

Reporter Kathy Chu covers Asia for the Wall Street Journal. Previously, she reported on a variety of economic and personal finance topics for USA TODAY, ranging from disaster insurance to rising banking fees.

Denis Clifford, a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of The Law Review, is a practicing lawyer who specializes in estate planning. He is the author of many Nolo titles, including  Quick & Legal Will Book,  Make Your Own Living Trust  and  Plan Your Estate,  and a  coauthor of  A Form a Partnership:A Complete Legal  Guide. He has been interviewed by such major media as The  New York Times,  Los Angeles Times, and  Money Magazine.

Bob Clyatt pursued a 20-year career in information services and the Internet before semi-retiring at age 42 in 2001.  Since then, he and his family live principally off income from their savings in the manner described in his book,  Work Less, Live More: The New Way to Retire Early.   He  continues to work on  a part-time basis  and is an avid cruising sailor, amateur sculptor and a serious student of yoga.   This rich set of activities is only possible because of the large amounts of time freed by working less.  

Melanie Cullen holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Following 20 years in corporate management, she is now a consultant in management and technology. Melanie lives in Davis, California.

Frederick W. Daily spent over 40 years of experience as a tax attorney, helping individuals and small business owners make smart tax decisions and stay out of trouble with the IRS. He has been featured as a tax expert on  Good Morning America  and  NPR, and in publications across the country including  Money Magazine,  U.S. News & World Report,  Newsweek, the  New York Times, and the  Chicago Tribune. He is the author of  Stand Up to the IRS,  Tax Savvy for Small Business  and  Surviving an IRS Tax Audit. His  website ( has a wealth of free tax information.

Amy DelPo

Ms. DelPo is an author and consulting editor who specializes in employment and family law issues. She brings years of criminal and civil law experience to her work at Nolo, having litigated cases in all levels of state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Since leaving the active practice of law, she has earned a master’s degree in library and information science, specializing in legal research and law librarianship. She has written numerous employment law titles, including  The Performance Appraisal Handbook,  Dealing with Problem Employees, and  Create Your Own Employee Handbook. Ms. DelPo received her law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

George Devine
California Real Estate Broker

The late George Devine was a licensed real estate broker and a widely respected educator in the real estate field. He obtained a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, and an M.A. from Marquette University, and pursued additional studies at San Francisco State University, Seton Hall University, Fordham University, New York University, the University of California at Berkeley, and other academic institutions. Before his death in 2015, he taught real estate at the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco, where he was named the Outstanding Adjunct Professor. For several years, George wrote the popular "Real Estate Handbook" column in the weekly Real Estate Guide section of the San Francisco Progress. He authored  For Sale By Owner in California  and co-authored  How to Buy a House in California.

Emily Doskow

Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area since 1989. She is the author of  Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce, the co-author of  Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnership & Civil Unions  and  The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community,  and the editor of many Nolo titles, including  Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation and Collaborative Divorce  and the bestselling  Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees Boundaries & Noise. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.  

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Roderic Duncan was appointed to the California municipal court in 1975, and he was elected to the California superior court bench in 1987. Over the years, he has been a lecturer and faculty member at two dozen educational programs for judges. In 1990, he was chosen the judicial Officer of the Year by the California State Bar, Family Law Section. Since retiring from the bench in 1995, he has been doing private judging and mediation.

Until his death in late 2011, Stephen R. Elias was a practicing attorney, active Nolo author, and president of the National Bankruptcy Law Project. He was an important part of Nolo for more than 30 years, and was the author or coauthor of many Nolo books, including  Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners. Other titles include  Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future,  How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy,  Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, and  Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law. He was also one of the original authors of Nolo's bestselling  WillMaker  software. Steve held a law degree from Hastings College of Law and practiced law in California, New York, and Vermont before joining Nolo in 1980. He was featured in such major media as  The New York Times,  The Wall Street Journal,  Newsweek,  Good Morning America,  20/20,  Money  magazine, and more.  

Deborah England is a litigator with 20 years of employment law experience. She has published numerous articles and essays on employment and civil rights law, and frequently speaks on these topics before legal and HR professional organizations. England makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Brian Farkas    is an associate attorney at  Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP  in New York, focusing his practice on commercial litigation, arbitration and intellectual property. Brian earned his B.A. from  Vassar College  and J.D. from  Cardozo School of Law. In law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the  Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution  and won the Andrew S. Zucker Award for Academic Excellence. His writing on arbitration and mediation has appeared in numerous publications, including the  New York County Lawyer,  Dispute Resolution Journal,  Resolutions Roundtable,  Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation, and the  Northeastern Law Journal.

Outside of the firm, he serves as a volunteer mediator through the  New York Peace Institute. He teaches in  Brooklyn Law School's Mediation Clinic, training students in Civil Court and Small Claims Court mediation.

Dale Fetherling has written, edited or co-authored more than a dozen nonfiction books. He's the former editor of the  Los Angeles Times'   San Diego County Edition and has taught writing and editing at four colleges and universities.

Stephen Fishman has dedicated his career as an attorney and author to writing useful, authoritative,  and recognized guides on  business,  taxation, and intellectual property matters  for small businesses, entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and freelancers. He is the author of 20 books and hundreds of articles, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. Among his books are  Every Landlord’s Tax Deduction Guide,  Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes, and  Working for Yourself: Law and Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants,  published by Nolo.  You can visit Stephen’s website at

Diana Fitzpatrick specializes in small business, tax, and nonprofit law. Before joining Nolo, she was a deputy attorney at the  San Francisco City Attorney's Office  in the bond department. She also worked for several years in New York City at a law firm, doing corporate and securities work. Diana is a graduate of  Barnard College  and received her law degree from  New York University School of Law.

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David Fry

David S. Fry is a Michigan attorney whose practice also focuses on real estate and estate planning, particularly succession planning for second homes. He is a fourth-generation cottage owner and regularly presents seminars around Michigan on how to keep a cottage in the family.

Michele Fuller-Urbatsch is the owner of the  Michigan Law Center, PLLC. The firm focuses solely on planning that preserves and protects the assets of persons with disabilities. Ms. Fuller-Urbatsch currently serves as Chair of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan, as an Advisory Board Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, and as a board member of the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She frequently publishes and speaks for national, state, and local organizations that address planning issues for people with disabilities.

Janice Green

Janice L. Green is a family law attorney who has practiced in Austin, Texas, for more than 30 years, the last 26 as a partner in the AV-rated boutique family law firm, Farris & Green. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, named to Best Lawyers in America, and a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer. She is a frequent lecturer and published author of more than 40 articles on family law. Green is an Honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas. While continuing to reside in Austin, she makes time to escape to her cabin-home outside Pagosa Springs, Colorado, to garden, write, and relish mountain sunsets.

Fred Grissom, a graduate of the University of Texas, has developed and implemented high-technology training programs around the world, and worked as a new product design engineer for computer simulation equipment. Fred Grissom spent four years employed by Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Company as a Management Systems Specialist in support of NASA's Technology Utilization Program at the Johnson Space Center. Co-author of The Inventor's Notebook, he is currently a business development consultant and multimedia producer.

Hilary  Goldberg, J.D., is a practicing attorney and professor of real estate and business law.   Ms.  Goldberg  specializes in real estate, employment and business litigation, and her academic research and scholarship has published in peer-reviewed journals.  Ms.  Goldberg  began her legal career in 2003 in Chicago working for a prominent zoning and land use firm.   In 2005, she joined the California Bar and continued her work in real estate litigation, while also expanding her practice to include general corporate, employment, contract and intellectual property related cases.  

Sean M. Golding

Sean M. Golding, JD, LL.M., EA is one of only a handful of attorneys licensed in both New York & California with a Master’s degree in Tax Law and is also an Enrolled Agent - the highest credential awarded by the IRS. He represents clients worldwide in matters involving Civil, Criminal and International Tax, and Trusts & Estates matters. Sean’s clients include U.S. and foreign businesses and families living throughout the states, as well as abroad. Past and current clients reside in Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, South Africa, and Taiwan. He is the owner of Golding & Golding and Golding Tax Solutions.

Lisa Guerin is the author or co-author of several Nolo books, including  The Manager's Legal Handbook,  Dealing with Problem Employees,  The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws,  Workplace Investigations,  Create Your Own Employee Handbook, and  Nolo's Guide to California Law. Guerin has practiced employment law in government, public interest, and private practice where she represented clients at all levels of state and federal courts and in agency proceedings. She is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Liza Hanks

Liza Hanks is a Palo Alto, California attorney who specializes in estate planning for families of all ages. A graduate of Stanford Law School, she has also served as an instructor at the Santa Clara University Law School and practiced with the state of California and a prestigious Silicon Valley firm. Hanks is the author or coauthor of    The Mom's Guide to Wills and Estate Planning  and  The Trustee's Legal Companion. She also blogs on wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, estate taxes, and probate court on the law blog  Everyday Estate Planning.

Frederick Hertz is a practicing attorney-mediator and the author of  Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples  (Owl Books) and co-author of Nolo's  Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples,  A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples  and  Making It Legal: A Guide to same-sex marriage, Domestic partnership & civil Unions. He lives and works in Oakland, California.

Gerald Hill

Gerald N. Hill  has practiced law in San Francisco's financial district and a small town; has served as a pro tem judge, arbitrator, university law instructor, and executive director of a state agency; and has drafted legislation. He has a B.A. in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Kathleen Thompson Hill  is a journalist and language analyst who writes a twice weekly newspaper column, was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, served on a grand jury, and chaired two municipal commissions. She earned a B.A. at the University of California, a degree from the Sorbonne, Paris, and an M.A. in political psychology from Sonoma State University.

Together, the Hills have coauthored 28 books, including  The Encyclopedia of Federal Agencies and Commissions,  The Facts on file Dictionary of American Politics, and  The Real Life Dictionary of the Law. They have taught at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, and Sonoma State University, and were visiting scholars at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

David Hitchcock is a physicist and engineer who has worked as a computer consultant on such diverse projects as the MX missile, the Milstar satellite program and advanced capability torpedoes. He has focused on patent searching and new technology for a number of years. Hitchcock is the inventor of the Home First Shield, a device to protect homes from wildfires.

Rose Hollander has spent more than 19 years working and living in the heart of Michigan cottage country. She was the legal assistant/paralegal in a law practice with her husband, Stuart Hollander, whose practice centered on estate planning to help families concerned about passing on vacation homes. Rose met with families, helped draft documents, and helped families administer the estate after a death.

Rose graduated from Ithaca College. Before working as a legal assistant, she worked as a personnel representative for the Stanford  Court  Hotel and then as the assistant to the General Manager of the Four Seasons Clift Hotel in San Francisco. She then owned a catering business in Northern Michigan.

Rose is a Great Books leader and chairman of the board of a large Montessori school, and is active on stage in community theater. She has published several essays about life "up north" and parenting.

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The late Stuart Hollander was a lawyer with more than 20 years' experience helping families plan for succession of their vacation cottages.

Lucia Hwang is an award-winning investigative reporter and feature writer. Since 2004, she has worked as the editor for the magazine of a nonprofit association. Hwang has been a staff and freelance writer for a wide variety of publications -- ranging from daily newspapers to alternative weeklies to magazines -- and has also taught investigative reporting and news writing. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Toni Ihara is an anthropologist turned lawyer turned graphic artist. Toni is an original member of the Nolo family and has been involved in the modern people's law movement since its inception in the early 1970s. Coauthor of The Living Together Kit, her articles have appeared in New West, Ms. and Harper's Bazaar.

Shae Irving has written and edited for Nolo since 1994, specializing in estate planning and family law issues. She has written or co-written books and software, including  Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair and Lasting Contract,  Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for California,  Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To, and Nolo's  Quicken WillMaker Plus  software. Shae graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and briefly practiced law at a large San Francisco firm before becoming a legal author.

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Cora Jordan

The late Cora Miner Jordan earned her law degree at the University of Mississippi. A trained mediator, she was the original author of  Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries and Noise.

John Lamb

Attorney John Lamb has been a consumer lawyer for most of his career, emphasizing credit, credit reporting, privacy, automobile, and landlord-tenant issues. He has advocated consumer reforms in court and in the legislature, and writes frequently on consumer issues. He has worked on previous editions of  Credit Repair  and  Solve Your Money Troubles.

Bethany Laurence joined Nolo as a legal editor in 1997. She holds a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, a B.A. degree from Boston University (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude), and is a member of the California State Bar. Beth is Nolo's disability, retirement, and elder law editor. In addition to editing these sections of Nolo's network of websites, Beth edits the books  Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability, drawing on work in a legal clinic helping Social Security disability applicants apply for and appeal denials of disability benefits,  The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child,  California's Workers' Comp, and  Social Security, Medicare, and Government Pensions.  

Beth has also developed Nolo's online LLC formation application. Before joining Nolo, Beth worked as an electronic legal product developer at CCH, Inc. (a division of Wolters Klewer, Inc.), where she created some of the first legal online and CD-ROM products. Over the last decade she has been active on the board of directors of several local environmental and educational nonprofit organizations.

Robin Leonard is a former attorney who gave up the law to become a rabbi. She is the author of many Nolo books including  Solve Your Money Troubles: debt, Credit & bankruptcy  and  Credit Repair. She also helped write  How to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy  and  A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples.

Ron Leshnower is an attorney-author and nationally recognized expert on apartment topics. He has been invited to speak in front of audiences of housing professionals across the country, and he has appeared as an expert on CBS News and NBC News. He has also been quoted in  The New York Times' "Real Estate Q&A" column, Advice,,, The Associated Press' "Your Money" series, the New York  Daily News,  Black Enterprise,, the  Real Estate Intelligence Report,, and the  Landlord Law Report, among other publications.

As the Founder and President of  Fair Housing Helper, Ron conducts private fair housing training and runs the popular  and He is the author of  Fair Housing Helper for Apartment Professionals  (Hillocrian Creative), a Finalist in the "Business: Real Estate" Category of the 2014 International Book Awards, and  Every Landlord's Property Protection Guide: 10 Ways to Cut Your Risk Now  (Nolo), an #1 multi-category bestseller that can be found in law schools and libraries across the country.

In 2008, The New York Times Company's About Group selected Ron as the Guide to Apartment Living / Rental, a role he held for nearly six years. In that capacity, he wrote hundreds of articles and blog posts offering useful tips, explanations of key industry developments, and insightful commentary on a wide range of topics pertaining to rentals. In addition to, Ron has written articles on a range of real estate topics for the National Apartment Association's  Units  Magazine,, as well as several trade newsletters, and he has also contributed as a guest blogger for

Ron earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts and is a member of the Authors Guild.

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Jack Lo
Patent Agent

Jack Lo is an inventor and a registered patent agent with many years of experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, including making formal patent drawings. He is the co-author of  How to make Patent Drawings Yourself.

Peter Lovenheim is a graduate of Cornell Law School, a professional mediator and author of Nolo's  How to Meditate Your dispute  and  Mediate Don't Litigate. He has served as legal counsel and director of program development for the Center for Dispute Settlement in Rochester, NY and was the founding president of Empire Mediation and arbitration, a private dispute resolution company.

Margie Mader-Clark has worked at the highest levels of the HR profession for more than 15 years, primarily in the fast-paced world of Silicon Valley. She has experienced the power of good management -- and the devastating impact of poor management. Mader-Clark has worked with numerous companies to develop commonsense HR principles to guide their employment policies.

Anthony Mancuso is a corporations and limited liability company expert, currently working at Google. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, is a member of the California State Bar, writes books and software in the fields of corporate and LLC law, and studied advanced business taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is the author of several Nolo books on forming and operating corporations (both profit and nonprofit) and limited liability companies. His titles include  Incorporate Your Business,  How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation  (national and California editions),  Form Your Own Limited Liability Company,  The Corporate Records Handbook, and  LLC or Corporation?  His books have shown over 400,000 businesses and organizations how to form a corporation or LLC. He also is a licensed helicopter pilot and has performed for years as a guitarist.

Paul Mandelstein is  a pioneer in the field of personal communications and technology reference publishing; as president and publisher of The Book Publishing Company he directed a line of books in the family planning, comparative religion and community life categories. Along with other stints in publishing, he served six years as director of outreach publications for a nonprofit charitable relief organization working with the United Nations. Paul is a divorced father with three children. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jan Masaoka is a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations with decades of experience consulting to nonprofits in boards, finance, and strategy. She is currently editor-in-chief and writer for Blue Avocado (, a popular and influential online nonprofit magazine with 62,000 subscribers. She was the executive director for 14 years of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services (, a national consulting and training firm for nonprofits based in San Francisco. In that position, she was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by  NonProfit Times  in 2003 and has been named eight times as one of the “Fifty Most Influential People” in the nonprofit sector nationwide. She was named California Community Leader of the Year in 2005 by Leadership California.

Jan’s books include  The Best of the Board Café    (Fieldstone Press, Second Edition 2009). It was the Gold Award Winner in the Business & Economics category in  ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, 2004. She also wrote  All Hands on Board: The Board of Directors in All-Volunteer Organizations  (BoardSource), and coauthored  Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability  (Jossey-Bass). She has published research on many nonprofit topics and is a frequent keynote speaker at nonprofit conferences as well as contributor to nonprofit journals.

Jan lectured at Golden Gate University in the Masters of Public Administration program, teaching nonprofit finance, and was an Adjunct Faculty of California State University East Bay in the Nonprofit Management Program. She also was a board member of the Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management at the University of San Francisco.

Jan’s community contributions include serving as the Chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center ( and as Founding Board President of the San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds (   She is a board member of New America Media ( and an Advisory Board member for the Stanford Social Innovation Review ( She is also on the Knowledge Advisory Board for Bridgespan.

Jan is on a lifetime quest to find the best tofu dishes in the world.

Joseph Matthews has been an attorney since 1971, and in the early years of his career, he taught at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). He has for many years been involved in matters relating to seniors, and is the author of  Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions  and  Long-Term Care: How to Plan & Play for It, as well as  How to Win Your Personal injury Claim.

Dorothy Matthews Berman assisted her son Joseph Matthews in the writing of  Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions. She began working with seniors in various capacities in 1973 and served as Program Director at a senior citizen center in the Los Angeles area for many years.

Mike McKeever has a B.A. in Economics from Whittier College, a master's in Economics from the London (England) School of Economics and has done post-graduate work in financial analysis at the USC Business School. Mike has taught classes at numerous community colleges in entrepreneurship and small business management. Author of How to Write a Business Plan, he has published articles on entrepreneurship for Dow Jones publications, the Sloan Publications Business journal and numerous newspapers and periodicals. Currently, Mike runs a company, Business Plan Workshop, in which his business plan book features prominently.

Kathleen Michon is an estate planning lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been affiliated with Nolo in various capacities for more than fifteen years, including five years as Nolo’s in-house bankruptcy, foreclosure, and debt editor. Kathleen’s previous legal experience also includes directing Public Counsel's Consumer Rights Project and representing inmates on death row. Kathleen received a B.A. from Yale University and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Kathleen's Other Pages

On Nolo's  Bankruptcy Site
On  Alllaw
On  Google

Scott Mitic
CEO, TrustedID, Inc.

Scott Mitic is a respected leader in consumer identity and credit advocacy. As founder and CEO of TrustedID, Scott works on behalf of consumers every day to develop new products and services to help stop identity theft before it happens. As Vice-President of Business Development for Fair Isaac's consumer division, MyFICO, Mitic has helped millions of consumers access and manage their FICO score, the gold-standard indicator of consumer credit worthiness. Learn more at

Michael Molinski is a veteran writer, spending 15 years as a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent at Bloomberg News, CBS MarketWatch and United Press International. Molinski later founded a business communications company and helped found a strategy research firm. He is the author and co-author of several books about small business and entrepreneurship. Molinski makes his home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Albert Moore

Albert Moore, a member of the California State Bar since 1978, is a law professor at the UCLA School of Law and  the co-author of  trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments and Trial Techniques  (West Publishing).

David A. Morton has degrees in psychology (B.A.) and medicine (M.D.). For 14 years, he was a disability determination consultant for the Social Security Administration, serving as Chief Medical Consultant for eight years. In his capacity as Chief Medical Consultant, Dr. Morton hired, trained, supervised and evaluated the work of medical doctors and clinical psychologists, and made thousands of disability determinations for both adults and children. Since 1983, Dr. Morton has authored several books on Social Security disability for attorneys and judges, including Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability.

Loida Lewis is a former INS attorney with over 15 years experience handling U.S. immigration matters. Co-author of How to Get a green card, she is licensed to practice law in both New York and the Philippines.

Julia Nissley was the cherished author of  How to Probate an Estate in California.  She wrote the book while working as a probate administrator with  the Los Angeles law firm of Silverberg, Rosen, Leon & Behr. She later opened her own probate-form preparation service (Probate Direct), and for the next 25 years helped hundreds of families probate California estates. During that time, she also kept her book meticulously up-to-date. Julia passed away in late 2015, after finishing her work on the 23nd  edition.

Editors of  Nolo

Nolo’s editorial department includes more than a dozen legal editors and a full-time legal researcher, who collectively have more than 100 years’ experience turning legal jargon into plain English. Most of our editors gave up careers as practicing lawyers in favor of furthering Nolo’s mission: Getting legal information into the hands of the people who really need it.

All Nolo legal editors specialize in certain areas of the law, and many are recognized as national experts in their field. They write books, edit books by outside authors, and in their spare time write online articles and blogs, develop legal forms, and create the legal content of Nolo software.

Janelle Orsi

Janelle Orsi  is an attorney living and working in Berkeley, California. Her law and mediation practice is focused on helping individuals and organizations share resources and create more sustainable communities. She specializes in nonprofit, small business, and real estate law, as well as a new field of practice  -- sharing law. She has worked in a range of legal practice areas, including criminal defense, youth law, immigration, adoptions, LGBT rights, and estate planning. She attended Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.

Peri Pakroo ( is a business author and coach, specializing in creative and smart strategies for self-employment and small businesses. She has started, participated in, and consulted with start-up businesses for more than 20 years. She is the founder, publisher, and editor of Pyragraph (, an online career magazine for artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, writers, and other creative workers worldwide. Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995. She is the author of  The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit,  The Small Business Start-Up Kit  (national and California editions) and  Starting & Building a Nonprofit  (all from Nolo), and has been featured in numerous national publications including  Entrepreneur,  Real Simple,  Investors Business Daily, and  BusinessWeek. For several years Peri taught adult education courses at WESST ( in Albuquerque, a nonprofit whose mission is to facilitate entrepreneurship among women and minorities in the state of New Mexico. She is active in supporting local, independent businesses and is co-founder of the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance.  

Michael Phillips, an experienced businessman and consultant who helped to develop the Mastercharge interbank credit card, was the founder of the Briarpatch, a network of small businesses that espouse common values. He also ran a pioneering small business school called the Noren Institute in San Francisco. Co-author of  Marketing Without Advertising, Michael is the author of many other books, including  The Seven Laws of Money  (with Rasberry, Pocket Classics),  Honest Business  (with Rasberry, Pocket Classics),  The Briarpatch Book  (ed. with Rasberry, New Glide),  Simple Living Investments  (Clear Glass),  citizen Legislature  (with Callenbach, Banyan Tree), and  commerce  (Clear Glass).

Nolo's Executive Editor, Janet Portman oversees  editorial work on all Nolo books. She specializes in residential and commercial landlord/tenant law, legal issues related to courts, landlords and tenants, and neighbor disputes. She is the author or a coauthor of  Every Landlord's Legal Guide,  Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants,  First-Time Landlord: Your Guide to Renting Out a Single-Family Home,Every Tenant's Legal Guide,  Renters' Rights,  Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business,  Leases & Rental Agreements,  The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities, and  California Tenants' Rights. Portman received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. Before joining Nolo in 1994, she practiced law as a public defender.

Janet's Other Pages

Landlord and Tenant Law
Criminal Law

Originally from Philadelphia, San Francisco Patent Attorney David Pressman is a graduate of Penn State University (BSEE) and George Washington University Law School (JD) where he was on the  Law Review. He has over 40 years of experience in the patent profession -- as a   patent examiner for the U.S. Patent Office, a patent attorney in corporate and private practice, a university instructor, a columnist, and as author of the  Patent  and  Trademark  entries to the  World Book Encyclopedia. He is an expert on patent filing, prosecution, and licensing and his books have charted the path for over 300,000 inventors.  Patent It Yourself  is the most highly recommended guide to patenting an invention. Dave is also co-author of  How to Make Patent Drawings Yourself  (with Jack Lo),  Patent Pending In 24 Hours  (with Rich Stim), and  Patents For Beginners  (with Rich Stim).

Mary Randolph earned her law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of  The Executor's Guide: Settling Your Loved One's Estate or Trust,  8 Ways to Avoid Probate,  Every Dog's Legal Guide: A Must-Have Book for Your Owner, and  Deeds for California Real Estate. She is also a coauthor of the legal manual for Quicken WillMaker Plus. She has been a guest on The Today Show and has been interviewed by many publications, including the  Wall Street Journal, the  Los Angeles Times, the  San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Connect with Mary on  Google+

Salli Rasberry has successfully run a dozen small businesses in fields as varied as book fairs, publishing companies, documentary films, construction,  business consulting, and writing. An artist and gardener, Salli is the author of the  ART of Dying: Honoring and Celebrating Life's Passages  (with Watanabe, Ten Speed Press),  Living Your Life Out Loud: How to Unlock Your Creativity and Unleash Your Joy  (with Selwyn, Pocket Books),  Running a One-person Business  (with Whitmyer, Ten Speed Press),  The Seven Laws of Money  (with Phillips, Pocket Classics),  Honest Business  (with Phillips, Pocket Classics),  The Briarpatch Book  (ed. with Phillips, New Glide) and  Marketing Without Advertising  (with Phillips, Nolo).

Attorney Margaret Reiter was a consumer investigator with the Los Angeles County Consumer Affairs Department for four years and worked for 20 years as a consumer prosecutor with the California Attorney General's Consumer Law Section. She has investigated or prosecuted businesses engaged in consumer fraud including foreclosure "consultants," mortgage lenders, debt settlement companies, vocational schools, living trust mill/annuity sellers, prepaid phone card companies, and tax refund anticipation loan providers. She has drafted consumer protection legislation, advocated for stronger consumer protection before regulatory agencies, trained other prosecutors and investigators, and prepared consumer alerts and spoken to the public on  Truth-in-Lending, telephone slamming and cramming, truth in phone billing, bankruptcy, and vocational schools, among other consumer topics.  

After receiving his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1985, Albin Renauer worked for various public-interest law firms in the bay area and as a staff attorney for Chief Justice Rose Bird of the California Supreme Court.

He spent 17 years as an editor at Nolo, where he helped create numerous books and software programs, including the bestselling  WillMaker. He also edited  Law on the Net, the first online directory of legal resources and was the architect of Nolo's Webby Award winning website during the dot-com boom.

Currently, Albin is an independent web and database developer and Webby Award judge. His latest project is, an online companion to his  How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy  designed to help debtors file for bankruptcy.

Barbara Kate Repa, a lawyer and journalist, has written and edited for Nolo since 1988—specializing in workplace, estate planning, and end-of-life issues. She has edited dozens of Nolo titles and written or co-written books and software, including  Your Rights in the Workplace  and  Nolo's Quicken WillMaker Plus software. She currently works as a legal expert on aging, healthcare and caregiving and as a  long-term care ombudsman in San Francisco.

Martha Sargent  is a retired associate Professor of Business at Western Oregon University. She designed, initiated and taught in the Entrepreneurship program at the university. Martha is the primary author of the  Instructor's Guide to Your Business Plan, published and distributed by the Oregon Network of Small Business Development Centers. She is a lead author of  NxLevel: A Guide for Entrepreneurs, business training materials published by the Western Entrepreneurial Network, used throughout the United States. In 2004, Martha received Western Oregon University's Excellence in Teaching Award. Martha is a Certified public accountant and former Certified Management Accountant, and received her MBA from Oregon State University.

Dennis Sargent  was the Director of the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College. He has advised over a thousand small business owners and taught numerous seminars. Dennis is the author of  Your Business Plan, published by the Oregon Network of Small Business Development Centers, now in its fifth edition, with nationwide sales of over 100,000 copies. He is also a lead author of  NxLevel: A Guide for Entrepreneurs. Recently, Dennis was part of a team that wrote a business planning book for use by the Oregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network (ONABEN). Dennis is a Certified public accountant and earned his Masters of Science in Business at Oregon State University.

Alayna Schroeder is a coauthor of several Nolo books, including  Selling Your House in a Tough Market  and  Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. A Sacramento, California lawyer, she has represented employers in litigation, drafted employee handbooks and policies and counseled employers on sound employment practices. She holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Lisa Sedano

A former editor, attorney Lisa Sedano helped shape many Nolo legal books, including the bestselling  Neighbor Law. She is also the author of  How to Change Your Name in California.

Ira Serkes
California Real Estate Broker

Ira Serkes is a Berkeley Realtor