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

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.
Injured at Work: When You Can Sue Your Employer
Understand how you can be compensated after a work-related injury.
Will My Student Loans Be Forgiven if I'm Approved for Disability Benefits?
If I'm approved, can I get my student loans forgiven?
How Obamacare Will Affect Social Security and People With Disabilities
One way that Obama's health care reform will help make health insurance accessible to more people is by eliminating preexisting condition exclusions.
What Are the Non-Medical Requirements in a Disability Case?
There are two aspects to processing a disability claim: medical and financial/legal.
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.
What Is a Medically Determinable Impairment for SSDI or SSI?
Before you can qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you will have to prove that you have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that is severe enough as well as chronic, and prevents you from working. (For a child, the impairment must be severe enough to cause marked and severe functional limitations.)
Can I own a home and qualify for Social Security Disability?
The SSI does not count your primary home as an asset in determining your net worth.
Can Disability Benefits Be Taken or Seized for Child Support?
Yes, disability benefits can be taken for child support.