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

Can You Get Disability for Chronic Back Pain? How Social Security Views Back Pain
Disability claims focusing on back pain often come down to whether your complaints of pain are associated with evidence of an abnormality that's likely to cause that pain.
Can Certain Medical Conditions Get You Approved for Disability Automatically?
There are conditions for which disability is automatically approved if you fulfill the listed requirements.
What If I Don't Have Enough Work Credits for Social Security Disability Benefits?
If you haven't worked enough to qualify for Social Security Disability, you may be able to get SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits.
Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits for Autism
A disability applicant with a diagnosis of autism and limitations in communication or social functioning may be eligible for benefits.
Veterans Disability Compensation: Five Ways to Establish Service-Connection
When a military veteran files a claim for disability compensation with the VA resulted from military service, the Veteran must establish how the illness or disability is connected to military service.
Can Someone Claim Social Security Disability If They Have Never Worked?
SSDI is a program for disabled workers and their families. Those who have never worked may be eligible for SSI.
Can a Retired Person Also Collect Social Security Disability?
Social Security disability insurance is really a form of early retirement benefits, so you can't receive both at the same time.
When Is a Person Considered Disabled by Social Security Disability?
For Social Security disability or SSI purposes, to be considered disabled, a person must have an impairment, either medical, psychological, or psychiatric in nature.
Get Help With Social Security Disability Claims During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Social Security Administration has reduced its operations to stem the spread of coronavirus.
Social Security Disability Claims for COPD
Social Security has a disability listing for COPD requiring claimants to take a test showing restricted airflow through the lungs.

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