Ann O’Connell


Ann O’Connell is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in landlord-tenant and real estate law. She writes for,, and Avvo. Ann is a coauthor of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, which won a silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association in 2020, and Nolo’s Every Landlord’s Legal Guide.

Legal career. Before joining Nolo as an editor, Ann was a freelance writer for Nolo as well as other publications and law firms. Ann practiced civil litigation in California and Colorado, and had her own firm in Colorado. At her firm, she focused on real estate, landlord-tenant, and small business cases. 

Credentials. Ann earned her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from UC Berkeley Law. She has passed the bar exams in California, Nevada, and Colorado, where she is both an active attorney and a real estate broker.

Landlord-tenant law. Ann’s favorite part of writing about landlord-tenant matters is the opportunity to help tenants—who often find it difficult to afford or hire a lawyer to represent them—understand and assert their rights. Ann’s research and writing on coronavirus-related eviction bans and tenant rights has been cited by numerous news outlets and government agencies, including Yahoo Finance, CNET, Fannie Mae, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Articles By Ann O’Connell

Uncontested Divorce in Alaska
When you and your spouse agree on the terms of ending your marriage in Alaska, you might be able to file for a dissolution—a faster way to end your marriage than the traditional divorce process.
How Do I File for Divorce in Delaware
Find out what forms you'll need and the steps you'll have to take to get started with your Delaware divorce.
Separate Maintenance and Legal Separation
If you decide to separate from your spouse rather than get a divorce, you might be able to get a court to order your spouse to pay you support.
Can I Sue a Homewrecker for Destroying My Marriage?
It's natural to be hurt and even to want revenge when your spouse cheats. But is filing a lawsuit against the person who wrecked your marriage an option?
Texas Community Property FAQ
If you're getting divorced in Texas, you'll want to know about the state's community property laws.
Should You Move Out of the Family Home During a Divorce?
You might want to move out of the family house when you’re in the middle of a divorce, but make sure you know the pros and cons of a move before packing your bags.
Child Support in Nevada
Find out how to calculate child support in Nevada and how a support award can be modified or terminated.
Understanding and Calculating Alimony in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania alimony law requires judges to consider factors such as the spouses' property and earning potential when making an award. Find out whether a judge might award alimony in your Pennsylvania divorce, and how the judge might calculate the amount and length of the alimony award.
How to File for Divorce Online
Using an online divorce service can save you time and money and keep you out of court. Find out if an online divorce is right for you.
Understanding and Calculating Alimony in New Jersey
A lot goes into a court's calculation of alimony in New Jersey: The judge must make decisions about whether alimony is appropriate, how much to award, and how long the payments should be made. Find out what factors might influence a judge's alimony decision in your New Jersey divorce.