Bethany Laurence joined Nolo as a legal editor in 1997. She holds a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, a B.A. degree from Boston University (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude), and is a member of the California State Bar. Beth is Nolo's disabillity, retirement, and elder law editor. In addition to editing these sections of the website, Beth edits the books Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability, drawing on work in a legal clinic helping Social Security disability applicants apply for and appeal denials of disability benefits, California's Workers' Comp, and Social Security, Medicare, and Government Pensions. She also answers readers questions on Nolo's Disability Blog.
Beth has also developed Nolo's online LLC formation application. Before joining Nolo, Laurence worked as an electronic legal product developer at CCH, Inc. (a division of Wolters Klewer, Inc.), where she created some of the first legal online and CD-ROM products. Over the last decade she has been active on the board of directors of several local environmental and educational nonprofit organizations.