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

What Is a Dire Need Letter for Social Security Disability Claims?
A financial dire need letter can get you an earlier hearing date.
Social Security Disability Work Credits (SSDI)
You must pass a recent work test and a duration of work test in order to be insured for SSDI.
Totally and Permanently Disabled, Why Can't I Get Social Security Disability?
The definition of disability in workers' comp is much different than in Social Security disability.
Social Security Disability Denials: What a Denial Means
A denial doesn't necessarily mean you're not disabled—look at your denial letter to see the rationale for the denial.
How Does Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Work?
Here's a basic introduction to how Social Security disability works.
Social Security's Compassionate Allowances List
Certain serious and easily provable conditions are eligible for expedited approval through the Compassionate Allowances program.
Can I Get Disability for Graves' Disease?
It's hard to win Social Security Disability Benefits for Graves' Disease alone, but other factors may help you. Learn more here.
What Does a Claims Representative Do on a Social Security Disability Claim?
Social Security claims representatives perform interviews with Social Security disability claimants and process the claim.
How to Appeal a Denial of a Request for Waiver of an Overpayment
If Social Security denies your request to waive an overpayment, then your next step depends on whether you are receiving SSI or SSDI.
What Do SSI Benefits Include?
Supplemental Security Income benefits include more than just a monthly cash payment.
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You could be eligible for up to $3,345 per month In SSDI Benefits