Nolo Experts: A Guide for the Media

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Nolo Experts

Author

Credential

Expertise

Selected Publications

Advani, Asheesh

Entrepreneur

Business, Finance

Business Loans from Family & Friends

Ball, Christopher A.

Attorney

California Workers’ Compensation

California Workers' Comp: How to Take Charge When You’re Injured on the Job

Bayer, Leon

Attorney

Bankruptcy

The New Bankruptcy

Bergman, Paul

Attorney, UCLA Law Professor

Criminal Law

Represent Yourself in Court
Nolo's Deposition Handbook
The Criminal Law Handbook

Criminal Law: A Desk Reference

Berman, Sara J.

Attorney

Criminal Law

Represent Yourself in Court
The Criminal Law Handbook

Bray, Ilona

J.D., Senior Legal Editor

Nonprofits, Immigration

 

Becoming a U.S. Citizen
Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits
U.S. Immigration Made Easy

Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home

Healthy Employees, Healthy Business

Brown, David

Attorney

Landlord-Tenant Law, Traffic Tickets

Beat Your Ticket

Fight Your Ticket and Win in California
The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights & Responsibilities
The California Landlord's Law Book: Evictions

California Tenants’ Rights

Clifford, Denis

Attorney

Estate Planning

Quick & Legal Will Book
Make Your Own Living Trust
Plan Your Estate
A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples

Cullen, Melanie

M.B.A.

Estate Planning & Personal Organization

Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To

Daily, Frederick

Attorney

Business & Taxes

Stand Up to the IRS

Tax Savvy for Small Business

Surviving an IRS Audit

DelPo, Amy

J.D.

Employment Law

The Performance Appraisal Handbook

Dealing With Problem Employees

Create Your Own Employee Handbook

Manager’s Legal Handbook

Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws

Devine, George

Real estate agent

Real Estate

For Sale By Owner

How to Buy a House in California

Doskow, Emily

Attorney and Mediator

Divorce & Family Law

Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce

Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples

Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support

Legal Answer Book for Families

The Sharing Solution

Making It Legal

Duncan, Roderic

California Judge (retired)

Divorce & Family Law

A Judge’s Guide to Divorce

Win Your Lawsuit

England, Deborah

Attorney

Employment Law

Essential Guide to Family & Medical Leave

Essential Guide to Handling Workplace Harassment & Discrimination

Fishman, Stephen

J.D.

Business, Tax, Copyrights

Working for Yourself
Deduct It!

Tax Deductions for Professionals

Home Business Tax Deductions

Every Landlord’s Tax Deduction Guide

The Copyright Handbook

Fry, David

Attorney

Estate Planning, Real Estate

Saving the Family Cottage

Green, Janice

Attorney

Divorce

Divorce After 50

Guerin, Lisa

J.D., Nolo Legal Editor

Employment Law

Essential Guide to Family & Medical Leave

Dealing with Problem Employees

Essential Guide to Workplace Investigations

Smart Policies for Workplace Technologies

Create Your Own Employee Handbook

Employment Law: The Essential HR Desk Reference

Hanks, Liza

Attorney

Estate Planning

Trustee’s Legal Companion

The Mom’s Guide to Wills & Estate Planning

Hertz, Frederick

Attorney

Same-Sex Marriage &

Partnerships

Living Together

A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples

Making It Legal

Irving, Shae

J.D.

Estate Planning

Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair & Lasting Contract

Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for California

Laurence, Beth

J.D., Nolo Legal Editor

Business

Business Buyout Agreements

Leshnower, Ron

Attorney

Real Estate

Every Landlord’s Property Protection Guide

Mader-Clark, Margie

HR Professional

Employment & Human Resources

The Job Description Handbook

The Progressive Discipline Handbook

Mancuso, Anthony

J.D.

Business: Corporations, LLCs, Nonprofits

How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation

LLC or Corporation?

Form Your Own Limited Liability Company

Incorporate Your Business

The Corporate Records Handbook

Mandelstein, Paul

 

Divorce

Being a Great Divorced Father

Masaoka, Jan

Nonprofit Executive

Nonprofits

The Nonprofit’s Guide to Human Resources

Matthews, Joseph

Attorney

Elder Care,

Social Security

Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions

Long-Term Care: How to Plan & Pay for It

How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim

Michon, Kathleen

J.D., Nolo Legal Editor

Bankruptcy & Debt

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Morton, David

M.D.

Social Security Disability

Nolo’s Guide to Social Security Disability

Nissley, Julia

Legal Document Preparer

Estate Planning: California Probate

How to Probate an Estate in California

Orsi, Janelle

Attorney

Joint Ownership, Sharing

The Sharing Solution

Pakroo, Peri

Attorney

Business, Nonprofits

The Small Business Start-Up Kit
Starting & Building a Nonprofit

Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit

Portman, Janet

Attorney, Nolo Legal Editor

Landlord-Tenant Law

The California Landlord’s Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities

Every Landlord’s Legal Guide

Leases & Rental Agreements

Renters’ Rights: The Basics

Pressman, David

Patent Attorney

Patents

Patent It Yourself

How to Make Patent Drawings

Patent Pending in 24 Hours

Randolph, Mary

J.D., Nolo Legal Editor

Executors, Estate Planning, Dogs

The Executor’s Guide

8 Ways to Avoid Probate

Quicken WillMaker Plus

Every Dog’s Legal Guide

Renauer, Albin

J.D.

Bankruptcy

How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Siegel, Lawrence M.

Attorney

Special Education

The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child

Nolo’s IEP Guide: Learning Disabilities

Slesnick, Twila

Ph.D, Enrolled Agent

Retirement Plans & Taxes

IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans:

Taking Your Money Out

Nolo’s Essential Retirement Tax Guide

Steingold, Fred

Attorney

Business

Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business

The Employer’s Legal Handbook

Complete Guide to Buying a Business

Complete Guide to Selling a Business

Stewart, Marcia

Senior Legal Editor

Real Estate: Landlord-Tenant

Every Landlord’s Legal Guide

Every Tenant’s Legal Guide

Leases & Rental Agreements

Stim, Richard

Attorney

Intellectual Property

Music Law

Profit From Your Idea

Contracts

Patent, Copyright & Trademark

Craft Artists’ Legal Guide

Stoner, Katherine

Attorney and Mediator

Divorce & Family Law

Prenuptial Agreements

Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation & Collaborative Divorce

Teska, Kirk

Attorney

Patents

Patent Savvy for Managers

Urbatsch, Kevin

Attorney

Estate Planning: Special Needs

Special Needs Trusts

Venezia, Craig

Financial executive

Real Estate

Buying a Second Home: Income, Getaway or Retirement

Woodhouse, Violet

Attorney

Divorce

 

Divorce & Money: How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce

Zolla, Carol Elias

Attorney

Estate Planning

Trustee’s Legal Companion

Bankruptcy, Debt & Credit

Leon Bayer

Bankruptcy

Leon Bayer is a Los Angeles, California bankruptcy attorney, practicing since 1979. His primary focus is on representing individuals and small businesses. He is a founding partner in the law firm of Bayer, Wishman & Leotta and is a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law. In addition to maintaining his own bankruptcy blog, Leon authors the “Ask Leon” series on Nolo’s Bankruptcy, Debt & Foreclosure blog.

Selected publications

  • The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You?

Los Angeles Area

Kathleen Michon

Bankruptcy, Consumer Credit

Kathleen Michon is a legal editor and author at Nolo who concentrates on bankruptcy and related issues. She blogs about bankruptcy, debt and foreclosure at http://blog.nolo.com/bankruptcy/. Before joining Nolo, Kathleen was the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel's Consumer Rights Project, represented inmates on death row, mediated cases in Small Claims Court, and arbitrated lemon law cases for the Better Business Bureau. Kathleen received a B.A. from Yale University and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Selected publications

  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
  • Credit Repair
  • Solve Your Money Troubles

San Francisco Bay Area

Albin Renauer

Bankruptcy

Albin Renauer has worked for various public-interest law firms, the California Supreme Court, and Nolo. After being immersed in creating do-it-yourself legal software to make tedious legal tasks as easy and unintimidating as possible, Renauer became the architect of Nolo’s website. He now runs his own website, legalconsumer.com. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and served on the Michigan Law Review.

Selected publications

  • How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Media Highlights: Newsweek, Kiplinger’s, Forbes, New York Times, Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Bay Area

Business & Tax

Asheesh Advani

Business, Finance

Asheesh Advani, an authority on business finance, is the CEO of Covestor. He founded CircleLending, a specialty loan administration company that facilitates private loans between relatives, friends, and business associates, which was acquired by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group in 2007. He was a consultant for Monitor Company, a strategy consultancy in Cambridge, MA, and for the World Bank in Washington, DC. He holds degrees from the Wharton School and Oxford University and was named one of Boston’s top 40 entrepreneurs under 40.

Selected publications

  • Business Loans from Family & Friends

Media Highlights: MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Time, Inc., PBS, NPR, Entrepreneur, New York Times, BusinessWeek

Boston

Frederick W. Daily

Tax and Business

Frederick W. Daily is a tax attorney with more than 35 years’ experience helping individuals and small business owners make smart tax decisions and stay out of trouble with the IRS.

Selected publications

  • Stand Up to the IRS
  • Tax Savvy for Small Business
  • Surviving an IRS Audit

Media Highlights: Good Morning America, Money, U.S. News & World Report, Miami Herald, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Inc., BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur, Upscale, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, New York Times

Florida

Stephen Fishman

Tax & Business

After stints in government and private practice, Stephen Fishman became a full-time legal writer in 1983. He specializes in business and tax law.

Selected publications

  • Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants
  • Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes
  • Work from Home Handbook
  • Every Landlord’s Tax Deduction Guide

Media Highlights: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek, Boston Globe, Fortune, Small Business Opportunities, U.S. News & World Report, Library Journal, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press

San Francisco Bay Area

Anthony Mancuso

Corporations and LLCs

Anthony Mancuso specializes in corporations (profit and nonprofit) and limited liability companies. His books and software have shown more than a quarter million businesses and organizations how to incorporate.

Selected publications

  • How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation
  • LLC or Corporation? How to Choose the Right Form for Your Business
  • Form Your Own Limited Liability Company
  • The Corporate Records Handbook
  • How to Form Your Own California Corporation

Media Highlights: San Francisco Chronicle, Kiplinger’s, Orange County Register, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur

San Francisco Bay Area

Peri Pakroo

Business Start-Up

Peri Pakroo is an author and consultant specializing in legal and start-up issues for businesses and nonprofits. She owns and runs P-Brain Media (www.pbrainmedia.com), a media and communications firm that develops informational content for print, web, video, and other media. She also blogs for the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peri-pakroo/.

Selected publications

  • The Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide
  • Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide
  • The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit

Media Highlights: Real Simple, BookWatch, BizBest, San Francisco Chronicle, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Accounting Today, Library Journal

Albuquerque, NM

Fred S. Steingold

Tax & Business

Attorney Fred S. Steingold practices law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. An expert on small business law, he represents and advises many small businesses and frequently leads seminars on how to start and run small businesses. He also writes a monthly column, “The Legal Advisor,” carried by publications nationwide.

Selected publications

  • Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business
  • The Employer’s Legal Handbook
  • The Complete Guide to Buying a Business
  • The Complete Guide to Selling a Business

Media Highlights: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, Library Journal, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Criminal Law & Traffic Tickets

Paul Bergman

Civil and Criminal Law

Professor Paul Bergman teaches at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and is a recipient of a University Distinguished Teaching Award. He has also published numerous articles in law journals.

Selected publications

  • Represent Yourself In Court: How to Prepare & Try a Winning Case
  • Nolo’s Deposition Handbook
  • The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System
  • Criminal Law Desk Reference

Media Highlights: Library Journal, About.com, New Orleans Times-Picayune

Los Angeles

Sara Berman

Criminal Law

Sara J. Berman is a professor at Concord Law School and co-founder of PASS Bar Review. She is the author of numerous articles and law course materials. She received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Selected publications

  • Represent Yourself In Court: How to Prepare & Try a Winning Cas
  • The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System

Los Angeles

David Brown

Traffic Tickets

David Brown practices law in Monterey, California and has been an authority on traffic laws for many years. A professor of law at the Monterey College of Law, he is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Santa Clara Law School.

Selected publications

  • Beat Your Ticket (National Edition)
  • Fight Your Ticket & Win in California

Media Highlights: Sacramento Bee, Dallas Morning News, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Bay Area

Disability, Health Care & Elder Care

Christopher A. Ball

California Workers’ Compensation

Christopher A. Ball has practiced workers’ compensation law exclusively since 1991. He is certified as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist with the State Bar of California. He holds degrees in business administration and law.

Selected publications

  • California Workers’ Comp: How to Take Charge When You’re Injured on the Job

Southern California

Joseph L. Matthews

Elder Care & Social Security

Joseph Matthews has been an attorney since 1971. From 1975 to 1977 he taught at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley. For many years, he has been involved in matters relating to seniors.

Selected publications

  • Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions
  • Long-Term Care: How to Plan & Pay for It
  • How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim

Media Highlights: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Fortune

San Francisco Bay Area

David A. Morton III

Social Security Disability

David A. Morton III, M.D., has authored several books on Social Security disability. As a disability determination consultant for the Social Security Administration, 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. He holds degrees in psychology and medicine.

Selected publications

  • Nolo’s Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits

Arkansas

Lawrence M. Siegel

Special Education

Lawrence Siegel has been a special education attorney and advocate since 1979, and has represented children with disabilities extensively in IEPs, due process, complaints, legal action, and before legislative and policy bodies. Siegel has lectured and consulted with advocacy and parent groups throughout the country and has written special education legislation that has been adopted in several states. He is the founder and director of the National Deaf Education Project and a member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education.

Selected publications

  • The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child
  • Nolo’s IEP Guide: Learning Disabilities

San Francisco Bay Area

Kevin Urbatsch

Special Needs Trusts

Kevin Urbatsch is a practicing lawyer and an expert in the planning needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. He is a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. He frequently writes and speaks about estate planning for persons with disabilities, primarily concerning special needs trust drafting and administration.

Selected publications

  • Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child’s Financial Future

San Francisco Bay Area

Divorce & Family Law

Emily Doskow

Family Law

Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who focuses on the legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families: family formation and dissolution, with an emphasis on adoption and domestic partnership.

Selected publications

  • Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce
  • Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support
  • A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples
  • Legal Answer Book for Families
  • The Sharing Solution

Media Highlights: Oakland Tribune, SmartMoney, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Yahoo! Finance, Dallas Morning News, Library Journal, and TV news shows in San Francisco, Dallas, and Portland

San Francisco Bay Area

Duncan, Roderic

Divorce

Roderic Duncan was a California judge for more than 20 years, first appointed to the California Municipal Court and then elected to the Superior Court bench. He has been a lecturer and faculty member at more than 25 educational programs for judges. Since his retirement from the bench, Duncan has served as mediator in the court system. In 1990, he was chosen as the 1990 Judicial Officer of the Year by the California State Bar, Family Law Section.

Selected publications

  • Win Your Lawsuit: A Judge’s Guide to Representing Yourself in California Superior Court
  • A Judge’s Guide to Divorce: Uncommon Advice from the Bench

Media Highlights: San Francisco Sunday Magazine, Wired, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Bay Area

Janice Green

Janice L. Green is a family law attorney who has practiced in Austin, Texas, for more than 30 years. 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.

Selected publications

  • Divorce After 50

Frederick Hertz

Domestic Partnerships & Unmarried Couples

Frederick Hertz is a practicing attorney specializing in the legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families.

Selected publications

  • Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples
  • A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples
  • Making It Legal

Media Highlights: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press

San Francisco Bay Area

Katherine Stoner

Marriage Law & Divorce

Katherine E. Stoner is an attorney and mediator in private practice with the firm of Stoner, Welsh & Schmidt in Pacific Grove, California. In addition to mediation, her practice includes consulting attorney services for clients who are in mediation. Stoner, a certified family law specialist, has lectured extensively on family law and mediation and taught at Monterey College of Law & the Center for Mediation and Law.

Selected publications

  • Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation & Collaborative Divorce
  • Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair & Lasting Contract
  • Prenups for Partners: Essential Agreements for California Domestic Partners

Media Highlights: Newsday, Mediation News, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan

San Francisco Bay Area

Violet Woodhouse

Financial aspects of Divorce

Violet P. Woodhouse is a noted author, lecturer, seminar presenter, and consultant in the areas of family law and personal finance, and is an authority on the financial and tax aspects of divorce. A practicing attorney and Certified Financial Planner, Woodhouse often acts as a consultant and mediator for divorcing spouses. She has authored articles for the state and local bar associations and legal newspapers.

Selected publications

  • Divorce & Money: How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce

Media Highlights: Wall Street Journal, Newsday, New York Times, Working Woman, Lear’s, Money, Motley Fool, Kiplinger’s, Forbes

Los Angeles

Employment Law, Human Resources & Workers’ Comp

Christopher A. Ball

California Workers’ Compensation

Christopher A. Ball has practiced workers’ compensation law exclusively since 1991. He is certified as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist with the State Bar of California. He holds degrees in business administration and law.

Selected publications

  • California Workers’ Comp: How to Take Charge When You’re Injured on the Job

Southern California

Amy DelPo

Employment Law

Amy DelPo specializes in employment issues. She has years of civil law experience, having litigated cases in all levels of state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.

Selected publications

  • The Performance Appraisal Handbook
  • Dealing with Problem Employees
  • Create Your Own Employee Handbook

Media Highlights: Accounting Today, Small Business Opportunities, Boston Globe

Denver, Colorado

Deborah England

Employment Law, Sexual Harassment

Deborah England is an employment law litigator with 20 years of experience. She frequently writes on these topics and speaks before legal and HR professional organizations.

Selected publications

  • Essential Guide to Handling Workplace Harassment and Discrimination
  • Essential Guide to Family & Medical Leave

San Francisco Bay Area

Lisa Guerin

Employment Law

Lisa Guerin is a Nolo editor who 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 blogs about employment law at http://blog.nolo.com/employment/.

Selected publications

  • The Manager's Legal Handbook
  • Dealing with Problem Employees
  • Create Your Own Employee Handbook
  • Essential Guide to Family & Medical Leave
  • Smart Policies for Workplace Technologies
  • Employment Law: The Essential HR Desk Reference

Media Highlights: Accounting Today, Small Business Opportunities, USA Today

San Francisco Bay Area

Margie Mader-Clark

Human Resources

Margie Mader-Clark is a human resources consultant with more than 15 years’ experience as an HR executive in the high-tech industry, primarily in Silicon Valley. She has been the VP of Human Resources at Vontu, Netscape, America Online, and others. She is a Certified Human Resource Manager, certified Compensation Professional, certified Change Management Instructor, and certified Career Architect.

Selected publications

  • Job Description Handbook
  • The Progressive Discipline Handbook

Media Highlights: Fast Company

San Francisco Bay Area

Estate Planning

Denis Clifford

Estate Planning

Denis Clifford, a practicing attorney, specializes in estate planning. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School where he was an editor of The Law Review.

Selected publications

  • Make Your Own Living Trust
  • Plan Your Estate
  • A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples
  • Quick & Legal Will Book

Media Highlights: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Money, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, SmartMoney

San Francisco Bay Area

Melanie Cullen

Personal Recordkeeping

Melanie Cullen spent 20 years in corporate management and now works as a consultant in management and technology. She holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Selected publications

  • Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To

Media Highlights: Davis Enterprise, Sacramento Bee, Portland Observer, San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Bay Area

David S. Fry

Cottage Succession Planning

Michigan attorney David Fry focuses his law practice 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 and avoid the family strife that’s almost inevitable without good planning.

Selected publications

  • Saving the Family Cottage

Rockford, Michigan

Liza Hanks

Wills & Trusts

Liza Weiman Hanks is an attorney who practices with the firm of Finch, Montgomery & Wright in Palo Alto, California. 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.

Selected publications

  • The Mom’s Guide to Estate Planning: 10 Steps to Peace of Mind
  • Trustee’s Legal Companion

San Francisco Bay Area

Shae Irving

Estate Planning

Shae Irving specializes in estate planning and family law issues. She 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.

Selected publications

  • Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair & Lasting Contract
  • Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for California
  • Quicken WillMaker Plus (software)

Media Highlights: Sacramento Bee, Library Journal, Portland Observer, Orlando Sentinel, Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, MSNMoney

San Francisco Bay Area

Julia Nissley

California probate

Julia Nissley operates a form preparation service, assisting consumers with probate paperwork. She was probate administrator with the Los Angeles law firm of Silverberg, Rosen, Leon and Behr for many years. She is an honors graduate of the Attorney Assistant Training Program in Probate Administration at the University of California--Los Angeles School of Law, and a member of the California association of Legal document Assistants.

Selected publications

  • How to Probate an Estate in California

Los Angeles area

Mary Randolph

Estate Planning & Executors

Mary Randolph has written about estate planning and administration for many years. She also helps direct the editorial content of Nolo’s website and products. She received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Selected publications

  • The Executor's Guide: Settling a Loved One’s Estate or Trust
  • 8 Ways to Avoid Probate
  • Every Dog’s Legal Guide: A Must-Have Book for Your Owner
  • Quicken WillMaker Plus (software)
  • Living Trust Maker (software)

Media Highlights: Los Angeles Times, Kiplinger’s, Miami Herald, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Black Enterprise, USA Today, Bankrate.com, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Women’s Day, Money, New York Times

San Francisco Bay Area

Kevin Urbatsch

Special Needs Trusts

Kevin Urbatsch is a practicing lawyer and an expert in the planning needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. He is a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. He frequently writes and speaks about estate planning for persons with disabilities, primarily concerning special needs trust drafting and administration.

Selected publications

  • Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child’s Financial Future

San Francisco Bay Area

Carol Elias Zolla

Living Trusts

Carol Elias Zolla is an attorney who practices only in the field of estate planning and administration. She is certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by The State Bar of California. Carol graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. She frequently speaks about estate planning topics to attorney organizations and parent groups.

Selected publications

  • Trustee’s Legal Companion

San Francisco Bay Area

Immigration

Ilona Bray

Green Cards, Citizenship

Ilona Bray is an author and legal editor at Nolo. Her specialties include real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising. Bray’s working background includes practicing law with nonprofits, and businesses, and an internship at Amnesty International in London. She holds degrees in East Asian studies and law.

Selected publications

  • Becoming a U.S. Citizen
  • U.S. Immigration Made Easy
  • Finance and Marriage Visas
  • How to Get a Green Card

Media Highlights: San Diego Union-Tribune, Accounting Today, Library Journal, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Advancing Philanthropy

San Francisco Bay Area

Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyright & Trademark

David Pressman

Patents & Intellectual Property

Attorney David Pressman has more than 30 years of experience in the patent profession—as a patent attorney, a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent Office, and a university instructor. He is one of the country’s foremost experts on the patent-filing process and has charted the path for more than 100,000 inventors. His book, Patent It Yourself is the most highly recommended guide to patenting an invention

Selected publications

  • Patent It Yourself
  • How to Make Patent Drawings: A Patent It Yourself Companion
  • Patent Pending in 24 Hours

Media Highlights: About.com, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Inc. , Money, Entrepreneur, Mechanical Engineering

San Francisco Bay Area

Richard Stim

Intellectual Property & Business

Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patent, and trademark issues. He practices law in San Francisco and has represented photographers, software developers, crafts people, publishers, musicians, and toy designers. As the co-owner of a small audio book recording business and a musician performing with several bands, Stim has an intimate understanding of the challenges facing his readers. He answers readers’ questions about intellectual property on his popular blog, Dear Rich (http://dearrichblog.blogspot.com).

Selected publications

  • Music Law: How to Run Your Band’s Business
  • Profit From Your Idea: How to Make Smart Licensing Deals
  • Patent, Copyright & Trademark
  • Patent Pending in 24 Hours
  • Craft Artists’ Legal Guide

Media Highlights: San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Vibe, Electronics Now, Sacramento Bee, Houston Chronicle

San Francisco Bay Area

Teska, Kirk

Intellectual Property Law

Kirk Teska is an attorney with many years of experience in intellectual property law. He is a regular columnist for Mass High Tech and Lawyers Week, and a contributor to IEEE Spectrum, Trial Magazine, Bottom Line Business, and many other publications. Teska is a professor at Suffolk University Law School.

Selected publications

  • Patent Savvy for Managers: Spot & Protect Valuable Innovations in Your Company

Boston

Nonprofits

Ilona Bray

Nonprofit Fundraising

Ilona Bray is an author and legal editor at Nolo. Her specialties include real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising. Bray’s working background includes practicing law with nonprofits, and businesses. She holds degrees in East Asian studies and law. Bray blogs about raising money for nonprofits at http://blog.nolo.com/fundraising.

Selected publications

  • Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits
  • The Volunteers’ Guide to Fundraising

Media Highlights: San Diego Union-Tribune, Accounting Today, Library Journal, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Advancing Philanthropy

San Francisco Bay Area

Anthony Mancuso

Nonprofit Corporation Formation

Anthony Mancuso specializes in corporations (profit and nonprofit) and limited liability companies. His books and software have shown more than a quarter million businesses and organizations how to incorporate.

Selected publications

  • How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation
  • Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records

Media Highlights: San Francisco Chronicle, Kiplinger’s, Orange County Register, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur

San Francisco Bay Area

Jan Masaoka

Nonprofit Management and HR

Jan Masaoka is a leading writer, speaker, and thinker on nonprofits, with decades of experience consulting on nonprofit boards, finance, and strategy. She is editor-in-chief and writer for Blue Avocado (www.blueavocado.org), a popular online nonprofit magazine. She was the executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a national consulting and training firm and was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by NonProfit Times. She has been named eight times as one of the “Fifty Most Influential People” in the nonprofit sector nationwide.

Selected publications

  • The Nonprofit’s Guide to Human Resources
  • The Best of the Board Café (Fieldstone Press, 2nd Edition 2009)

San Francisco Bay Area

Peri Pakroo

Nonprofit Formation and Operations

Peri Pakroo is an author and consultant specializing in legal and start-up issues for businesses and nonprofits. She owns and runs P-Brain Media (www.pbrainmedia.com), a media and communications firm that develops informational content for print, web, video, and other media. She also blogs for the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peri-pakroo/.

Selected publications

  • Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide

Media Highlights: Real Simple, BookWatch, BizBest, San Francisco Chronicle, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Accounting Today, Library Journal

Albuquerque, NM

Real Estate & Landlord-Tenant

David Brown

Landlord-Tenant Law

David Brown practices law in Monterey, California, where he has represented both landlords and tenants in hundreds of court cases. He is a professor of law at the Monterey College of Law. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Santa Clara Law School.

Selected publications

  • The California Landlord’s Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities
  • The California Landlord’s Law Book: Evictions
  • California Tenants’ Rights

Media Highlights: Sacramento Bee, Dallas Morning News, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Bay Area

George Devine

California Real Estate

George Devine is a licensed real estate broker, columnist, and educator. He holds a B.A. from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. from Marquette University. He has taught real estate at the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco, where he was named the Outstanding Adjunct Professor.

Selected publications

  • For Sale By Owner
  • How to Buy a House in California

San Francisco Bay Area

Ron Leshnower

Real Estate

Ron Leshnower has more than 15 years’ experience in the real estate field. As a legal editor for Vendome Group (formerly Brownstone Publishers), he wrote how-to articles for a national audience of landlords and property managers on a wide range of residential real estate topics, from compliance with the low-income housing tax credit program to premises liability. He is a communications analyst at a leading international law firm in New York, and is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. He is the founder and president of Fairhousinghelper.com.

Selected publications

  • Every Landlord’s Property Protection Guide: 10 Ways to Cut Your Risk Now

New York City

Janet Portman

Landlord & Tenant Law

Janet Portman specializes in legal issues related to landlords and tenants, both residential and commercial. Portman received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. Before joining Nolo, she practiced law as a public defender. She writes a column, “Rent It Right,” carried by publications nationwide.

Selected Publications

  • Every Landlord's Legal Guide
  • Every Landlord’s Guide to Finding Great Tenants
  • Every Tenant's Legal Guide
  • Negotiating the Best Lease for Your Business
  • First-Time Landlord: Renting Out a Single-Family Home

Media Highlights: Newsday, Los Angeles Times, Kiplinger’s, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, CNN, Boston Globe, Forbes, MarketWatch, NPR, New York Times, Yahoo!, Inman News

San Francisco Bay Area

Stewart, Marcia

Landlord & Tenant Law

Marcia Stewart has been a Nolo editor and author for more than 15 years. She specializes in landlord-tenant law, real estate, and other consumer issues. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Selected publications

  • Every Landlord’s Legal Guide
  • Every Tenant's Legal Guide
  • Leases and Rental Agreements
  • First-Time Landlord: Renting Out a Single-Family Home

Media Highlights: Newsday, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Kiplinger’s

San Francisco Bay Area

Craig Venezia

Real Estate

Craig Venezia is a nationally recognized authority on private mortgages. Formerly, Venezia served as an executive at Wells Fargo Bank and was affiliated with E*TRADE Financial. He has also worked as a senior executive specializing in private mortgages at a financial services company.

Selected publications

  • Buying a Second Home: Income, Getaway or Retirement

Media Highlights: CNN/Money’s “Open House,” Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR

Boston

Retirement & Social Security

Bob Clyatt

Retirement & Investment

Bob Clyatt enjoyed a 20-year career as a top-level executive in the information services industry before semi-retiring at age 42 in 2001. He holds degrees in economics and business from the University of California at Berkeley and MIT. He is the founder and former CEO of I/O 360, a web design company, and HorizonLive, a Web-based virtual classroom software company.

Selected publications

  • Work Less, Live More: The New Way to Retire Early
  • The Work Less, Live More Workbook

Media Highlights: Forbes, Los Angeles Times, MarketWatch, San Diego Union-Tribune, USA Today, Columbus Dispatch, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press

New York City area

Twila Slesnick

Retirement Tax & Investment

Twila Slesnick is an Enrolled Agent specializing in tax and investment planning for retirees and prospective retirees. She conducts retirement and tax planning seminars nationwide and does pension plan consulting for individuals and small businesses. She has bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

Select publications

  • IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans: Taking Your Money Out

Media Highlights: Money Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger’s

Denver

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