Bethany K. Laurence


Bethany Laurence is a Senior Legal Editor at Nolo, where she has worked since 1997. She holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and is a member of the California Bar. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston University. 

Disability law. At Nolo, Bethany is the editor for the Disability Law Center and the Social Security and Medicare Center. She edits the books Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability; The Complete IEP Guide; Social Security, Medicare, and Government Pensions; and Long-Term Care. Bethany is a member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives).

Business law. Bethany has also combined her legal and financial expertise to edit many Nolo small business books, such as LLC or Corporation and How to Form an LLC, and is the lead editor for Nolo’s online LLC and corporation services. Over the years she has co-written several business books, including Business Buyout Agreements: Plan Now for Retirement, Death, Divorce or Owner Disagreements; Save Your Small Business: 10 Crucial Strategies to Survive Hard Times or Close Down & Move On; and Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners: How to File for Chapter 7. 

Other pursuits. In addition to her work at Nolo, Bethany co-founded several educational nonprofit organizations, including River Montessori Charter School and Red Barn Montessori, and served on their boards of directors. She most recently served on the board of the Magnet Program Foundation of Hillcrest Middle School. Bethany has also volunteered her time at a disability law clinic in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.  

Originally from Rhode Island, Bethany enjoys reading and hiking in the redwoods of Northern California.

Articles By Bethany K. Laurence

Are Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?
Learn whether the federal or state governments tax your monthly benefits or backpay.
Average Wait Time for a Social Security Disability Hearing
Find out the current average wait time for an appeal hearing in your area.
Filing for Disability in California: Social Security and SSI
An overview of the disability benefits process in California as well as some helpful resources and contact information.
How to Find a Workers' Comp Lawyer and What You Can Expect
Here's how to find an experienced workers' comp who will handle your case well.
What if I'm Applying for Disability and Can't Pay Child Support?
If you're going to be on SSDI or SSI, you probably can't pay your child support.
Does a Spouse's Income Affect My Disability Benefits?
A husband or wife's income can affect SSI disability benefits, but not Social Security disability benefits.
Social Security Disability Form 3368: Adult Disability Report
Learn about the disability report, a key part of your Social Security disability application.
Can I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits at Age 64 or 65?
You can apply for disability benefits until full retirement age.
Getting Disability Benefits After Knee Replacement Surgery
If you have had knee replacement surgery on a knee with degenerative joint disease or after a bad knee injury, you may be able to get Social Security disability benefits.
Filing Social Security Disability Forms
Here are the disability forms used to apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.