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

Getting Disability Benefits for Ankylosing Spondylitis
Previously referred to as Marie-Strumpells spondylitis, poker back, and rheumatoid spondylitis, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a term that few people will have heard of unless they've been diagnosed with the condition.
Disability Benefits for a Bulging or Herniated Disc
The SSA usually finds that disability from herniated or bulging discs lasts less than a year.
Social Security Disability and SSI for Back Pain Caused by Nerve Root Compression
If a compressed nerve root in your back or neck causes significant pain and disability, you may be able to get benefits from Social Security.
Disability for Spinal Stenosis: Social Security Benefits and SSI
With your doctor's support and good medical records, getting disability for spinal stenosis (a listed condition) is not out of reach.
How Does Social Security View Disability Claims for Back Pain?
Disability claims focusing on back pain often come down to whether your complaints of pain are associated with evidence of an impairment that is likely to cause that pain.
Stimulus for Disability Recipients: Issues With Getting the Payment
SSDI and SSI recipients who have not received a stimulus check may need to request a Recovery Rebate Credit by filing a tax return.
Can I Work Part-Time and Be Eligible for Social Security Disability?
You may be able to work a minimal amount as long as it doesn't cause Social Security to think you're not disabled.
Are SSI and SSDI Two Separate Programs?
SSI and SSDI are two different programs with significant differences. SSDI doesn't count your assets, whereas SSI is a needs-based system.
Will I Lose My Disability Benefits if I Move to a Different State?
Will I lose my benefits if I take the money and move? It depends on whether you're receiving SSDI or SSI.
Can You Qualify for Both SSDI and SSI Disability Benefits?
In certain circumstances, you can collect SSI and SSDI at the same time. This is called a concurrent claim.