Diana Fitzpatrick


Diana Fitzpatrick is a Legal Editor at Nolo specializing in small business, tax, and nonprofit law. She is a graduate of Barnard College and New York University School of Law. 

Early career. Diana started her career in New York City where she lived and worked before moving to the Bay Area in 1990. Her first job after law school was as an associate at the New York law firm of Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher, where she worked in the corporate and securities department. After moving to San Francisco, she worked at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office as a deputy city attorney in the bond department. 

Nolo. Diana joined Nolo in 2003 after taking a few years off work to be at home with her two young children. She was drawn to Nolo with its mission to help people navigate the law and figure out solutions to their problems or answers to their questions. She continues to enjoy making legal information more accessible to all and working with some of Nolo’s long-time writers on the business, nonprofit, and tax books.

Other pursuits. In addition to her work at Nolo, Diana serves as President of the Western States Endurance Run Foundation and is a volunteer coach at San Quentin State Prison and a Marin County high school.

Articles By Diana Fitzpatrick

Vehicle Accident Cases in Small Claims Court
It is a rare small claims session that does not include at least one fender bender. Unfortunately, these cases are often badly prepared and presented, with the result that the judge commonly makes a decision at least partially by guesswork. File personal injury cases in formal court. Unless it's very
How LLC Members Are Taxed
An LLC does not pay its own federal income taxes (though some states tax LLCs annually). Instead, all of an LLC's profits and losses "pass through" the business to the LLC owners (called "members"), who report the LLC's profit and loss information on their personal tax returns. The members are considered self-employed business owners and are not subject to tax withholding, but most do have to make contributions to the Social Security and Medicare systems.
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How to Start an LLC
Here's what you need to do to form a limited liability company.
How to Get a Small Business License in California
The Golden Bear state is home to many entrepreneurs who must decipher how to get a small business license in California.
Nuisance Cases in Small Claims Court
Learn about private and public nuisances and how to successfully sue someone for being a nuisance in small claims court.
How to Subpoena Documents
You may decide you need to subpoena documents for your case. This is rarely done in small claims court, but there are times when it may be helpful. An organization (such as a police department, phone company, hospital, or corporation) may have certain books, ledgers, papers, or other documents that can
How to Sue a Government Agency in Small Claims Court
Many states have special rules and procedures that must be followed before a suit can be brought against a state or local government agency.
Calculating the Statute of Limitations
Each state's legislature sets up time limits within which lawsuits must be filed. These deadlines are specific to each type of cases. If you wait too long, your right to sue will be barred by these statutes.
How To Collect Your Money in a Small Claims Case
You won your case in small claims court. Congratulations! You undoubtedly want to collect every penny from the opposing party, pronto.