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

Getting Disability Benefits for Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease
When memory problems, disorientation, or mood disturbances due to Alzheimer's lead to problems with social or personal functioning, disability may be available.
How Your Spouse Can Get Benefits When You Collect Disability
Spouses married for at least a year, divorced spouses who were married at least 10 years, and surviving spouses can be entitled to benefits.
Why DOMA's Reversal May Mean Less Social Security Money for Some Same-Sex Couples
With the Supreme Court's overturning of part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), many same-sex couples who are already legally married in the states they live in are suddenly married in the eyes of Social Security.
Getting Social Security Disability Based on a Medical-Vocational Allowance
If your disability doesn't meet a listing, Social Security may award you benefits based on your inability to work.
What You Can Do If You Suspect a Fraudulent SSDI or SSI Claim
SSDI fraud costs taxpayer money. If you suspect fraud, you can take action to report it.
Income Limits & SSI Disability Eligibility
SSI is a needs-based program for low-income people who are blind, disabled, or elderly.
What if I Receive Property or Income After I Apply for Social Security Disability?
Having assets does not need to affect your eligibility for benefits under SSI or SSDI.
ABLE Savings Accounts Allow SSI and Medicaid Recipients to Save Money
ABLE bank accounts allow individuals to save money without losing eligibility for SSI disability or Medicaid.
Notice of a Decision for a Social Security Disability Case
How you'll be notified about Social Security's decision on your disability benefits depends on in what stage in the application process you are.
How Long Does a Social Security Disability Review Take? When Will I Know if I Pass?
How long Social Security takes to process a continuing disability review depends on whether you're selected for a full medical review.
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