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 and SSI Disability and Benefit Amounts for 2022
January 1, 2022. The Social Security Administration announced a 5.9% increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 2022.
Getting California Short-Term Disability Benefits During the Coronavirus Outbreak
California has changed the rules for short-term disability insurance (SDI) during the coronavirus outbreak.
Online Nebraska LLC FAQ
Get instant answers to the most common questions about Nolo's Online Nebraska LLC.
How to Start Your Own Business: 50 Things You'll Need to Do
Thinking about starting a business? You're not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans catch the entrepreneurial spirit, launching small businesses to sell their products or services. Some businesses thrive; many fail. The more you know about starting a business, the more power you have to form an organization that develops into a lasting source of income and satisfaction. For help with the beginning stages of operating a business, the following checklist is a great place to start.
When Can I Get Permanent Disability Benefits After a Workers' Comp Claim?
Several factors affect how long it could take before you qualify for permanent disability benefits—and begin receiving checks—after you’ve suffered a work-related injury or illness.
How and When to File a Workers' Compensation Claim in California
To get benefits for a work-related injury or illness in California—including COVID-19 from the coronavirus—you need to submit several forms within the legal time limits.
Debts & Marriage: Debts & Property in Common-Law States
Whether you and your spouse are liable for each other's debts depends on where you live; in some states, most debts incurred by one spouse during the marriage are owed by both spouses.
Debt and Marriage: When Do I Owe My Spouse's Debts?
Whether you are liable for your spouse's debts depends on whether you live in a community property or equitable distribution state.
Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Workers' Compensation Benefits?
Money you get from workers’ comp usually isn’t taxed, but there is an exception.
Getting a Fair Amount From Your Workers' Comp Settlement
Don’t sign a workers’ comp settlement agreement without researching the law or hiring a lawyer, because it can’t be undone.