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

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.
Change Coming to Maximum Fees for Social Security Disability Lawyers and Advocates
November 30, 2022. The Social Security Administration announced a $1,000 increase to the maximum fee that lawyers and advocates can charge clients who win their disability claims.
Rhode Island Temporary Disability Benefits (TDI)
Rhode Island is one of the few states with a short-term disability program for injuries or illnesses.
How Spouses Can Maximize Their Social Security Retirement Benefits
Married couples are often able to strategize the timing of their Social Security retirement benefits to get higher lifetime benefits for one or both spouses.
Medicare Coverage of Inpatient Rehabilitation Stays
Medicare Part A covers most of the cost of care when you stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility (sometimes called a rehabilitation hospital).
Alabama Disability Benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI
Find out about Alabama's state supplemental payments, plus how to appeal a denial of Social Security disability or SSI.
Common Questions About Workers' Comp Temporary Disability Benefits
Answers to frequently asked questions about receiving temporary disability or wage loss benefits when you’re recovering from a work-related injury or illness.
Online California Corporation FAQ
Get instant answers to the most common questions about Nolo's Online Callfornia Corporation service.
Medicare Premiums, Deductibles, and Copays Change for 2020
January 1, 2019. Medicare Premiums, Deductibles, and Copays Change for 2019
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.