Betsy Simmons Hannibal

Attorney

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

5 Reasons to Make a Will If You Have Children
If you have kids, you need a will.
How to Settle an Estate
If you're the executor of an estate, here's what you'll need to do.
Who Pays for Funeral Costs?
You can make a plan and set aside money for your funeral. If you don't make a plan, then your survivors will be responsible for planning and covering the costs of your funeral arrangements.
What Will Happen to My Snapchat Account When I Die?
Snapchat is not forthcoming about what happens to the accounts of deceased users.
What Will Happen to My Yahoo Email Account When I Die?
Yahoo will delete your account after 12 months of inactivity.
What Will Happen to My Outlook.com Account When I Die?
The surest way to know what will happen to your outlook.com account is to make a plan and leave any necessary instructions to the people who will be wrapping up your estate.
What Will Happen to My LinkedIn Account After I Die?
What happens to your LinkedIn account when you die depends on a few things...
What Will Happen to My Yelp Account After I Die?
The surest way to know what will happen to your Yelp account is to make a plan and leave any necessary instructions to the people who will be wrapping up your estate.
What Will Happen to My Foursquare Account After I Die?
The surest way to know what will happen to your Foursquare account is to make a plan and leave any necessary instructions to the people who will be wrapping up your estate.
What Will Happen to My Hotmail Account When I Die?
What happens to your hotmail (outlook.com) account when you die depends on a few things, including: