Beverly Bird Title: Writer and editor Education: Atlantic Cape Community College Location: Somers Point, New Jersey Expertise: Taxes, tax planning, tax preparation, tax and family law, bankruptcy, budgeting Paralegal for more than a decade before researching and writing hundreds of articles on tax planning, tax law, bankruptcy, budgeting, and moreHas published articles on various well-known websites including GOBankingRates, PocketSense, LegalZoom, and moreMore than 30 years of experience writing and editing content Experience Beverly has worked in the areas of tax law, bankruptcy, and family law since 1996. She has over 30 years of experience as a writer and editor covering tax breaks, tax preparation software, and tax law terms for general readers.Beverly has written and edited hundreds of articles for numerous well-known personal finance and legal websites, including GOBankingRates, PocketSense, Zack's, Autoblog, LegalZoom, The Nest, and more. Her work has also been reprinted in the Chicago Tribune and quoted on Reader's Digest.Before putting her expertise to use in articles, Beverly worked as a paralegal working under a bankruptcy attorney, an estate attorney, a tax attorney, and a family law attorney. She worked for David A. Spitalnick, Esq., a tax, bankruptcy, and estate planning attorney, from 1996 to 2006, and Mona Raskin, Esq., a family law attorney, from 2006 to 2010.In 2010, Beverly refocused her career from the brick-and-mortar law office to online—writing and publishing articles that answer common legal and tax questions and offer advice for general readers. She has been the tax expert for The Balance (and prior to that, About.com) since 2015.In addition to her tax coverage, Beverly is also a prolific novelist, having published over 30 books, including the best-seller "Comes the Rain." Education Beverly attended Atlantic Cape Community College where she studied paralegal studies. About The Balance The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.