Bethany K. Laurence

Attorney

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

Getting a Fair Amount From Your Workers' Comp Settlement
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Online Georgia Corporation FAQ
Get instant answers to the most common questions about Nolo's Online Georgia LLC.
Online New York Corporation FAQ
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Online Pennsylvania Corporation FAQ
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Online Florida Corporation FAQ
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Online Texas Corporation FAQ
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Online California Corporation FAQ
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FAQ on Workers' Compensation Claims and Benefits in California
Get answers to common questions about your rights, responsibilities, and benefits under the workers' comp system in California—including when you can receive temporary disability and other benefits for COVID-19.
California Short-Term Disability Benefits
The State of California requires all employees to pay into its short-term disability insurance (SDI) program through payroll deductions.