Carron Nicks

Attorney

Carron Nicks started writing bankruptcy and consumer finance articles for Nolo as a freelancer in 2016. She joined the company as a full-time Legal Editor in 2022. Her articles appear on Nolo.com, TheBankruptcySite.com, Lawyers.com, and AllLaw.com.

Education. Carron earned a B.A. (psychology) and an M.S. (counseling) from the University of South Alabama. She earned her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law (New Orleans), where she was inducted into the Order of the Barristers honor society, and served as an articles editor on the Law Review, while enjoying beignets, gumbo, and gallons of cafe au lait. 

Legal career. After law school, Carron served as law clerk to judges on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. She has spent more than 25 years representing debtors, creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy court, and plaintiffs in consumer finance, credit reporting, and deceptive trade practices litigation. Carron’s favorite pro bono activity is answering questions from the public on the American Bar Association’s Free Legal Answers website. She is a member of the Texas Bar and maintains a bankruptcy practice in Dallas. Over the years, Carron has kept a number of Nolo self-help books prominently displayed on her office bookshelves. 

Other pursuits. Prior to law school, Carron worked for the bankruptcy court in her hometown and for a bank and a bankruptcy law firm as a paralegal. After law school, in addition to her law practice, Carron taught undergraduate legal studies and business students. She began writing for Nolo and other legal and consumer-oriented publications and websites focusing on bankruptcy and personal finance. She also homeschooled her two (now adult) children, taught in a homeschool educational co-op program, and served many years as Cookie Mom for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. 

Why Nolo? Nolo’s mission aligns with Carron’s vision of an accessible and consumer-friendly legal system. She has always enjoyed breaking down complex legal concepts so that nonlawyers can better understand how laws affect their lives and are better prepared to engage an often baffling and intimidating legal system.


Articles By Carron Nicks

What Does Bankruptcy Do?
Bankruptcy can stop collection activities, eliminate most types of debt, and allow you to reorganize your debts and catch up on missed mortgage or car loan payments.
What Happens to a Personal Guarantee in Bankruptcy?
Learn how to discharge a personal guarantee in bankruptcy.
Using Chapter 13 Bankruptcy to Manage Student Loans
You can often reduce the amount you pay on student loans during your Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
When Can I Buy a House After Bankruptcy?
Buying a house after your bankruptcy case will probably come easier and quicker than you think.
Can the bankruptcy trustee get an inheritance I received a few years into my Chapter 13 case?
In most bankruptcy courts, if you receive an inheritance during your Chapter 13 plan period, you'll have to pay it into your plan.