Julia Nissley was the cherished author of How to Probate an Estate in California. She wrote the book while working as a probate administrator with the Los Angeles law firm of Silverberg, Rosen, Leon & Behr. She later opened her own probate-form preparation service, and for the next 25 years helped hundreds of families probate California estates. During that time, she also kept her book meticulously up to date. Julia passed away in late 2015, after finishing her work on the 23rd edition.