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Cindy DeRuyter, J.D.

Freelance writer

Cindy DeRuyter, J.D., has been writing for LegalZoom since 2018. She earned a juris doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a cum laudegraduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, where she earned a bachelor's degree in management and communications. She currently lives in St. Paul and can be found online at cindycdwriter.com.

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