Bethany K. Laurence


Bethany Laurence is a Senior Legal Editor at Nolo, where she has worked since 1997. She holds a J.D. from 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

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.
Income Limits for SSDI Benefits
While you can have any amount of unearned income and still be eligible for SSDI, you can earn only a small amount of money through work each month.
How Much in Social Security Disability Benefits Can You Get?
Your SSDI payment depends on your average lifetime earnings.
Important Changes for Social Security and SSI Disability in 2022
Changes for 2022 include increases in Social Security and SSI disability benefit amounts, SSI income limits, and how much you can earn from working.
How Much Money Will I Get If I Qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits?
The amount of disability you'll collect depends on the program (SSI or SSDI) for which you qualify and, for SSI, whether you have other income, what state you live in, and whether you get free food or shelter.
What Is Workers' Compensation, or Workman's Comp?
Workers compensation settlement claims and benefits information.
Collecting Disability Payments: The Social Security Representative Payee
Disabled individuals who need help managing their benefits may need a representative payee.
Social Security Disability (SSDI & SSI) for Fibromyalgia
Social Security has published a ruling that helps define when applicants with fibromyalgia should be granted disability benefits.
Can I Be Fired While Out On Workers' Compensation?
Your employer cannot fire you merely because of your workers’ compensation claim. However, your employer can fire you while you have an open workers’ compensation claim.
Your Work History: Why It's Important for Social Security Disability
Your work history determines the requirements of your old job (and whether you can do it) and whether you have transferable skills to work at a new job.