Jessica Gillespie

Jessica Gillespie is a Legal Editor and Nolo’s Research Director. Her articles appear on,, and

Education. Jessica received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, and an M.A. in United States History from North Carolina State University. She also did doctoral work in history at the University of Tennessee, where she focused her research on Progressive Era reform movements in the Appalachian South.

Working at Nolo. Jessica joined the Nolo Editorial team in 2014. At Nolo, Jessica conducts legal research and writes and edits articles across many areas of practice, including estate planning, criminal law, and personal injury. She is also the current editor of Nolo’s Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business and a cocreator of many of Nolo’s online legal forms, including the online LLC and online corporation formation services.

Before Nolo. In addition to her background in academia, Jessica has years of experience working in law libraries. Before coming to Nolo, Jessica managed the U.S., E.U., and U.N. documents collections at New York University’s Law Library and worked in the library of a large law firm in Richmond, Virginia, where she provided technical services support and research assistance to attorneys and staff.

Articles By Jessica Gillespie

Aid in Dying in South Carolina
South Carolina has never officially considered adopting an aid-in-dying law.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Texas
A look at wrongful death claims in Texas, including who can file the lawsuit, types of potential damages, and more.
Online Utah Corporation FAQ
Get instant answers to the most common questions about Nolo's Online Utah Corporation formation service.
Online Arkansas Corporation FAQ
How do I form a corporation in Arkansas? In Arkansas, you create a corporation by filing "articles of incorporation" with the Secretary of State's office and paying a filing fee. You'll also need corporate bylaws and resolutions signed by the board of directors, although these documents don't need
Hit-and-Run Criminal Charges and Conviction Penalties
Car accidents usually make people think of civil liability—issues like who will have to pay for the damage and any injuries and whether insurance rates will go up.
The Differences Between Robbery and Burglary
Some use the term “robbery” when a “burglary” has happened, and vice versa. The words actually refer to different crimes, with their own legal definitions and penalties.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Georgia
Learn about wrongful death claims in Georgia, including who can file the lawsuit, types of recoverable damages, and more.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Oregon
How Oregon defines "wrongful death," what losses can be compensated, and more.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Arizona
Learn about wrongful death claims in Arizona, including who can sue, the types of possible damages, and time limits for filing the lawsuit.
California Dog-Bite Laws
Details on when California dog owners could be legally responsible for bites and other injuries caused by their pets.