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Our writers have spent their careers making the law understandable

Our writers and legal editors have years of experience explaining the law in plain English, as both authors and editors of books by Nolo, and writing for LegalConsumer.com.

Albin Renauer. author of our Bankruptcy and Democracy content is the co author of "How to File or Chapter 7 Bankruptcy" and was a key designer of WillMaker.

Liza Hanks has written books on estate planning and inheritance for Nolo and is the author of LegalConsumer's Inheritance Law area.

Lisa Guerrin and Deborah England are employment law experts who have authored and edited several books on employment law for Nolo. They are the authors of our Unemployment Law and Wage and Hour Law sections.

Shae Irving is a veteran editor and author of many Nolo products and is the author of our Obamacare and Child Custody area.

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