Kathleen Michon

Attorney · Northwestern University School of Law

Kathleen Michon is an estate planning lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been affiliated with Nolo in various capacities for more than 15 years, including five years as Nolo’s in-house bankruptcy, foreclosure, and debt editor.

Kathleen’s previous legal experience includes directing Public Counsel's Consumer Rights Project and representing inmates on death row.

Kathleen received a B.A. from Yale University and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Articles By Kathleen Michon

How to Get Out of Student Loan Debt
Most people can't eliminate student loan debt—but many can get better payment plans.
Lemon Law for New Cars
If your car turns out to be a "lemon," you might be able to get a refund or a replacement vehicle. Here's how lemon laws for vehicles work.
ATM and Debit Card Overdraft Protection
Most consumer advocates recommend against getting overdraft protection for ATM and debit card transactions.
Different Types of Credit & Debit Cards
Credit, charge, ATM, and debit cards are not all alike. Here's some information to help you choose wisely.
Getting Your Medical Records: Rights, Procedures, and Privacy
Your right to obtain medical records under HIPAA, and tips on how to get them.
Guide to FDA Drug Recalls
How do FDA recalls work, and how could a recall affect your personal injury lawsuit?
Airplane Turbulence and In-Flight Injuries
Airline passengers suffering in-flight injuries may be able to sue the airline, the manufacturer of the aircraft, or the maker of any faulty equipment.
Tax Consequences When a Creditor Writes Off or Settles a Debt
If you settle a debt with a creditor for less than the full amount, or a creditor writes off a debt you owe, you may owe money to the IRS. The IRS treats the forgiven debt as income, on which you may owe income taxes. Learn the rules -- including reporting requirements and exceptions -- here.
Steps to Cleaning Up Your Credit Report
An accurate credit report is essential to good financial health. To clean up your credit report, you'll have determine what's inaccurate or out-of-date, request that the credit bureaus fix the information, and then follow-up with each credit bureau. Start by ordering a free credit report.
Is there a statute of limitations for private student loans?
State law limits the time period in which a creditor can sue you for the collection of a private student loan.