Betsy Simmons Hannibal


Betsy Simmons Hannibal is a Nolo Senior Legal Editor specializing in Estate Planning. Her work centers around managing the editorial contributions to Quicken WillMaker & Trust

Estate planning books. Betsy also edits many of Nolo's best-selling estate planning books, including Make Your Own Living Trust, Plan Your Estate, Estate Planning Basics, How to Probate an Estate in California: A Step-by-Step Guide, Quick & Legal Will Book, and Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To.

Press contributions. Betsy regularly speaks with journalists who want to know more about estate planning and probate. Here is some of the content to which she has contributed:  End-of-Life-Planning Is a "Lifetime Gift" to Your Loved Ones (NPR's Life Kit), What Is Probate and Can You Avoid It? (HowStuffWorks), Probate Workarounds Can Save Your Heirs Time and Money (NerdWallet, syndicated by the AP), and A Brief Guide to Estate Planning, (Wirecutter, The New York Times).

Early career. Before joining Nolo, Betsy trained at two private law firms, as well as the San Francisco Superior Court and the Federal District Court of Northern California. She is a graduate of the Honors Lawyering Program at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she served as the research editor of the law review.

While she currently lives too far from her home state of California, she is enjoying the temperature variation provided by the mid-Atlantic seasons.

Articles By Betsy Simmons Hannibal

Writing a Will: Including an Letter to Your Survivors
Writing a will is for strictly legal tasks like naming your executor, beneficiaries for property, and guardians for children.
What Is Estate Planning?
Use your estate plan to leave important instructions about your property, children, and health care.
Transfer Your Life Insurance and Decrease Your Estate Tax
If you don't own your life insurance policy, it's not part of your taxable estate.
Using WillMaker During the Coronavirus Outbreak
With Quicken WillMaker & Trust you can finally work on your estate plan—from home.
Estate Planning and Coronavirus (COVID-19): Crisis Planning from Home
Create an estate plan to protect yourself, your family, and your finances during the coronavirus outbreak.
Marriage & Property Ownership: Who Owns What?
Who owns marital property and to whom can they leave it?
ABLE Accounts in Tennessee A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Tennessee's ABLE plan is available to non-residents and has no annual maintenance fees.
Nolo's Living Trust Support FAQ
Nolo’s Living Trust is a time-tested revocable living trust that distributes your property and keeps your estate out of probate after you die. The experts at Nolo designed this living trust to be easy to use, but if you have any technical concerns or questions about how to use the software, you will
Who Will Care for Your Pet After You Die?
If you plan ahead, you can give your pet a good life after you die.
ABLE Accounts in Wyoming: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Wyoming does not have an ABLE account program, but Wyoming residents can open an account in another state.