Betsy Simmons Hannibal


Betsy Simmons Hannibal specializes in estate planning. She writes for, edits many Nolo books, and is the managing editor of Quicken WillMaker. Before joining Nolo, she trained at two private law firms as well as the San Francisco Superior Court and the Federal District Court of Northern California. Hannibal is a graduate of the Honors Lawyering Program at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she served as the research editor of the law review. 

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