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

ABLE Accounts in Michigan: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Michigan has one of the first ABLE programs in the nation. It’s called ABLE United, and it allows residents of other states to participate in the program.
ABLE Accounts in New Hampshire: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
New Hampshire adopted the ABLE Act and is currently developing an ABLE program for New Hampshire residents.
ABLE Accounts in Colorado: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
ABLE accounts are bank accounts that allow people with special needs to save money without jeopardizing their disability benefits. ABLE accounts come from the federal ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act, but they are established and managed on a state level. Not all states have ABLE accounts
ABLE Accounts in Maine: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Maine’s legislature has passed the ABLE Act, but the program is not yet developed. Until Maine offers enrollment for its own ABLE accounts, you can learn about and open an ABLE account in another state. ABLE accounts are bank accounts that allow people with special needs to save money without jeopardizing
ABLE Accounts in Oklahoma: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Oklahoma residents can open ABLE accounts in another state.
ABLE Accounts in New York: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
New York residents can wait to open an ABLE account in New York or open one in another state.
ABLE Accounts in Minnesota: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
ABLE accounts help a person with special needs save money, without risking eligibility for disability benefits.
ABLE Accounts in Nebraska: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Nebraska offers three investment options for your ABLE funds.
ABLE Accounts in Nevada: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Nevada’s ABLE program—ABLE Nevada—is now open for enrollment. See below for details about Nevada’s program.
ABLE Accounts in Hawaii: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
ABLE accounts are bank accounts that allow people with special needs to save money without jeopardizing their disability benefits. ABLE accounts come from the federal ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act, but they are established and managed on a state level. Not all states have ABLE accounts