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 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.
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 West Virginia: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
West Virginia is developing its ABLE program.
ABLE Accounts in Washington: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
Washington is currently developing its ABLE account program.
ABLE Accounts in Utah: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
ABLE accounts are not yet available in Utah.
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 South Carolina: A Savings Plan for Disability Costs
South Carolina is currently developing its ABLE account program.