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 Massachusetts: A Savings Plan for People with Disabilities
ABLE accounts are bank accounts that allow people with special needs to save money without jeopardizing their disability benefits.
ABLE Accounts in California: A Savings Plan for People With Disabilities
ABLE accounts help you meet your needs while remaining eligible for SSI benefits.
ABLE Accounts in New Mexico: 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. New Mexico has no plans to provide ABLE accounts to its residents.
ABLE Accounts in Louisiana: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Louisiana has adopted the ABLE Act and is currently developing its ABLE program. Until Louisiana 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 Wisconsin: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Wisconsin does not have an ABLE account program, but you can open an account in another state.
ABLE Accounts in Washington: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Washington is currently developing its ABLE account program.
ABLE Accounts in South Dakota: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Qualified South Dakota residents can open an ABLE account in another state.
ABLE Accounts in Montana: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Once available, Montana ABLE accounts will help folks save money without jeopardizing eligibility for disability benefits.
ABLE Accounts in Georgia: 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
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.