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 Survivor Benefits: Eligibility and Filing
If a disabled person who was receiving SSDI dies, the money that they were receiving can potentially go to his or her dependents.
How to Get Disability Benefits If Self-Employed
Self-employed people who pay taxes are just as eligible for SSDI benefits as if they were employed by another person or company.
Social Security Disability Benefits for a Disabled Adult Child
Disabled adults who don't have enough work credits can sometimes use their parents work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits.
Disability Determination for Depression
Social Security has a list of criteria you must fulfill to qualify for disability benefits for depression.
Quick Disability Determinations for SSDI and SSI
Some easy-to-determine medical claims are computer-sorted into the quick disability determination program for streamlined processing.
Getting Medicare or Medicaid if Approved for Disability
Persons with disabilities (according to Social Security's definition) should be able to get free health care.
Disability Determination for Hearing Loss or Deafness
Deaf applicants, or those with profound hearing loss, should be able to qualify for disability benefits—either by meeting the SSA's listing, or through a medical-vocational allowance. Here is how it works.
Do I need a lawyer to help me with a disability reconsideration (appeal)?
Learn about the benefits of retaining legal counsel when attempting to have your disability appeal of benefits reconsidered, when a lawyer is advisable, and if you can do this on your own.
Overpayments of Social Security Disability
There are several reasons you might receive an overpayment from Social Security. Here's how to avoid trouble.
Disability Determination for Alcoholism
You can no longer win Social Security disability by claiming alcoholism as an impairment, but many alcoholics suffer from other disabling conditions that may qualify.