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Contributing Authors has been a leading provider of online legal information since its inception in 1996. Over the years, many talented professionals have created articles, blogs, videos, and other content for the site. All our authors, including former authors, are attorneys or writers who specialize in legal content. Learn more by visiting our About Us page.

Jeff Burtka

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Jeff has more than 10 years of practice experience as a prosecutor, health care attorney, and estate planning attorney. In addition to writing about the law, Jeff writes freelance articles about sports, the outdoors, and the environment, and his work has appeared in The Guardian, Outside, Crain's Detroit Business, and more. Jeff holds a B.A. in History and English from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Mason University. He lives in metro Detroit where he enjoys running and exploring Michigan’s trails, lakes, and rivers.

J.P. Finet

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J.P. Finet writes legal content for J.P. earned his JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and has built a career writing about legal issues for websites, newspapers, and magazines. He spent more than five years covering the U.S. Supreme Court for several financial publications and has written about state, federal, and international law for a number of major websites. J.P. has also created legal content and ghostwritten blog posts for the websites of law and accounting firms.

Jocelyn Mackie

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Jocelyn Mackie, J.D. offers two decades of legal experience as an attorney and a legal marketer. She left law practice to learn SEO and Internet content creation to help attorneys better present their services online and provide information that educates consumers. For FindLaw, she lends her expertise to drafting articles on estate planning and helping consumers make informed decisions regarding their end-of-life wishes. Jocelyn earned her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys the company of two cats, Millicent and Stella, and her horses, Chance and Rosebud.

Bret Thurman

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Bret is a recovering lawyer who writes about consumer bankruptcy, family law, personal injury, and criminal defense. He practiced law on both sides of the aisle in these areas. This experience gives him a unique perspective on some common issues. So, he delves into the theoretical and practical aspects of some problems lawyers and clients face every day. He lives and works in Dallas.

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