Jeff Burtka

Attorney · George Mason University Law School

Jeff Burtka joined the Nolo staff as a Legal Editor in 2023 and focuses on DUI and estate planning law.  

Legal career. Jeff is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the judges of the Arlington County Circuit Court in Virginia. He then served as a prosecutor for six years before working in health care law and estate planning. Immediately before joining Nolo, Jeff was a staff attorney at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Michigan, where he wrote and edited legal education resources for Michigan attorneys.

Education. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Michigan and a law degree from George Mason University.

Other pursuits. Jeff also has worked as a freelance writer with a focus on articles about sports, the outdoors, and the environment. His articles, such as  How a majority Black school in Detroit shook up the world of lacrosse, have appeared in The Guardian, Outside, Crain’s Detroit Business, Civil Eats, and more. He enjoys running, coaching youth sports, and spending time outdoors.


Articles By Jeff Burtka

Probate Shortcuts in Alaska
Alaska offers some probate shortcuts for "small estates." These procedures make it easier for survivors to transfer property left by a person who has died.
Probate Shortcuts in South Dakota
South Dakota offers some probate shortcuts for "small estates." These procedures make it easier for survivors to transfer property left by a person who has died.
Probate Shortcuts in New York
New York offers a probate shortcut for "small estates." This makes it easier for survivors to transfer property left by a person who has died.
About Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Forms
A POLST form helps you get the end-of-life treatment you want. Find out more about POLST, POST, MOLST, and MOST forms in your state.
Iowa OWI Laws and Penalties
In Iowa, driving under the influence (DUI) is typically referred to as “operating while intoxicated” (OWI). Learn about how an OWI is defined and the penalties for a first, second, and third conviction in Iowa.
Probate Shortcuts in Nebraska
Nebraska offers some probate shortcuts for "small estates." These procedures make it easier for survivors to transfer property left by a person who has died.
Probate Shortcuts in Vermont
Vermont offers a probate shortcut for "small" estates. This makes it easier for survivors to transfer property left by a person who has died.
Probate Shortcuts in Colorado
Colorado offers some probate shortcuts for "small estates." These procedures make it easier for survivors to transfer property left by a person who has died.
Small Estate Probate Shortcuts: Why Even Large Estates May Qualify
Depending on your state's law, your inheritors may be able to skip regular probate.
Florida Probate: An Overview
Florida has several options when it's time for probate proceedings.