Bethany K. Laurence

Attorney · UC Law San Francisco

Bethany Laurence is a Senior Legal Editor at Nolo, where she has worked since 1997. She holds a J.D. from UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings) 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 and Social Security, Medicare, and Government Pensions. 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

Getting Disability Benefits for Pulmonary Fibrosis
If your pulmonary fibrosis severely affects your physical abilities, you should be able to get disability benefits.
Social Security Disability (SSDI & SSI) for Fibromyalgia
Social Security has a special ruling that helps determine when people with fibromyalgia can get disability.
Applying for Disability Benefits With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
If your multiple sclerosis is advanced, you have a good chance of getting approved for Social Security disability benefits.
What Types of Dwarfism Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
You can qualify for disability benefits if your short stature causes you medical complications, but simply being under a certain height isn’t enough to qualify for disability benefits as an adult.
Can I Get Social Security Disability for Muscular Atrophy or SMA?
Whether you'll get disability benefits for muscular atrophy depends on the degree of muscle wasting you have and the limitations it causes.
Getting Disability Benefits for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
Shingles and even postherpetic neuralgia rarely qualify someone to receive Social Security disability.
How to Apply for SSDI: Steps to Get It Done
A one-step-at-a-time guide to getting Social Security disability benefits.
Reasons to Apply for Disability Benefits From Social Security
The monthly cash benefits are the main reason disability claimants apply. But you'll also qualify for medical benefits.
Residual Functional Capacity Forms: Download an RFC Form
An RFC form completed by your doctor can greatly improve your chances of winning Social Security disability benefits. Download a free RFC form here.
Can I Get Social Security Disability or SSI for End Stage Renal Disease?
If you are on frequent dialysis or an organ transplant list, or have had a kidney transplant recently, you'll be granted Social Security disability or SSI benefits.