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

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) Coverage
Medicare Part A will pay for most of the costs of your hospital stay, after you pay the Part A deductible.
What Not to Do If You Might File for Business Bankruptcy
If you decide that personal or business bankruptcy might be the best strategy for getting rid of your business debts, you'll need to plan ahead to steer clear of some common missteps. Fortunately, even if you end up solving your debt problems without bankruptcy, these tips make good sense anyway. Don't
Social Security Disability: Appealing Denied Claims
You may want to file a disability appeal if your application for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits has been denied.
Federal Poverty Level Eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid Benefits - 2022
Many federal and state government benefits are tied to the federal poverty level (FPL), or percentages of the FPL.
Signing Up for Medicare: Enrollment Periods and Coverage Start Dates
If you’re new to Medicare, learn when you can enroll Part A, B, C, and D and when your coverage will start.
New Hampshire Disability Benefits: Social Security Filing and Insurance Options
If you live in New Hampshire and you meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disabled, you may be eligible for either Social Security disability (called SSD or SSDI) or Supple
Can You Get Disability Benefits if Your Child Has ADHD or ADD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is sometimes diagnosed in children who exhibit impulsiveness, inattention, or hyperactivity to a degree that isn't appropriate for their age.
How to Write a Successful Disability Appeal Letter
Learn how to write an effective disability appeal letter, including what to say and how to say it.
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.
Getting Disability Benefits for Narcolepsy
If your narcolepsy significantly affects your productivity at work, you may be able to get disability benefits.