About This Website

About This Website


Here at Legal Consumer, we've been busy building websites to get people the answers they need about health care. Our goal is to guide you to reliable, local information about your health care options.

We'll be adding new topics over time, but you can currently use our health care websites to find comprehensive information on:

On this website, when you choose your state or enter your zip code, you will quickly learn:

  • how Living Wills, Medical Powers of Attorney, and other health care directives can help you keep your health care decisions in your own hands
  • what health care directives are called in your state

  • what your health care directives can cover

  • how to find the best health care directive forms for your state

  • and more.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to learn how to provide legally binding health care instructions in case you are ever unable to speak for yourself.

Who We Are

Legal Consumer

Legal Consumer is a company that believes you should have access to quality information about the legal issues affecting your life. Whether you’re facing financial difficulties, health concerns, or trouble at your job, we want to help you find the resources you need. Our websites are written by lawyers and designed to give you accurate, relevant information for your location.

Albin Renauer, Owner and Founder

Albin Renauer is an independent web and database developer and Webby Award judge. He first created LegalConsumer.com as an online companion to his book, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, to help people file for bankruptcy.

After receiving his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1985, Albin worked for various public-interest law firms in the Bay Area and as a staff attorney for Chief Justice Rose Bird of the California Supreme Court.  He spent 17 years as an editor at leading do-it-yourself legal publisher Nolo, where he helped create numerous books and software programs, including the bestselling Quicken WillMaker. He also edited Law on the Net, the first online directory of legal resources, and was the architect of Nolo's Webby Award winning website.

Shae Irving, Writer and Editor

Shae Irving has been a legal editor and writer since 1994, when she joined the editorial staff at Nolo, specializing in estate planning, health care, and family law issues. For almost a decade, she was the managing editor of Nolo’s bestselling Quicken WillMaker software. Her books include Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for California and Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair and Lasting Contract. Shae graduated from Berkeley Law and briefly practiced at a large San Francisco law firm before becoming an editor and author. She began working for Legal Consumer in 2013.