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

Special Education Law & the IEP
An overview of special education laws, IEP, and your child's special education rights.
Getting Disability Benefits for Autism
Disability applicants who have serious difficulty communicating to others, impaired social conduct, and repetitive behavior patterns may qualify for benefits.
Filing for Disability for Asperger's Syndrome in Children
Children who have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome that severely affects their functioning at home or school may be able to get disability benefits through SSI.
Getting Social Security Disability Benefits for Depression or Bipolar Disorder
Depression is a commonly alleged mental condition for individuals trying to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits.
How Partnerships Are Taxed
For many small businesses, paying income tax means struggling to master double-entry bookkeeping and employee withholding rules while ferreting out every possible business deduction. For partnerships, paying taxes also involves understanding difficult terms like "distributive share," "special allocation," and "substantial economic effect."
Reduction in Social Security Early Retirement for the Self-Employed
Even if you don’t make over the earned income limit for early retirement, you can still lose benefits if you work for your business.
When to Claim Social Security Benefits
Should you claim social security benefits at early retirement age, full retirement age, or later? Learn the pros and cons of each option.
Online Kansas LLC FAQ
Get instant answers to the most common questions about Nolo's Online Kansas LLC.
Federal Poverty Level Eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid Benefits - 2021
Many federal and state government benefits are tied to the federal poverty level (FPL), or percentages of the FPL.
Nevada's Medicaid Estate Recovery Program
If you live in Nevada and you've received Medicaid to pay for certain services during your life, Nevada's Medicaid Program will attempt to recover some costs from your estate when you die.