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

Rhode Island Temporary Disability Benefits (TDI)
Rhode Island is one of the few states with a short-term disability program for injuries or illnesses.
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).
Social Security Benefits: Retirement, Disability, Dependents, and Survivors (OASDI)
Learn about the different types of Social Security benefits and how they are paid, including retirement, disability, dependents, and survivors benefits.
Social Security and SSI Disability Benefit Amounts and COLA for 2020
January 1, 2020. The Social Security Administration announced a 1.6% increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 2020.
Getting Social Security Disability Benefits for Anxiety Disorders
Those diagnosed with a severe general anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, or agoraphobia may be able to get disability benefits.
Online Pennsylvania Corporation FAQ
How do I form a corporation in Pennsylvania? In Pennsylvania, you create a corporation by filing "articles of incorporation" with the Department of State's office and paying a filing fee. You'll also need corporate bylaws and resolutions signed by the board of directors, though these documents don't
Manager-Managed LLCs: The Details
Manager-management can make sense if some LLC members (such as outside investors or family members) won't take part in decision making.
The SECURE Act Makes Changes to Retirement Plan Rules for 2020
January 1, 2020. The SECURE Act changes age restrictions on contributions to retirement plans and required minimum distribution rules.
The LLC Operating Agreement
An LLC operating agreement allows you to structure your financial and working relationships in a way that suits your business. It helps guard your limited liability status and establishes each owner's percentage of ownership in the LLC and share of profits (or losses). It also determines what will happen to the business if an owner leaves. If you don't create an operating agreement, your LLC will be governed by default rules created by your state, which may not work well for your business.
Arizona Disability Benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI
Find out about Arizona's state supplemental payments, plus how to appeal a denial of Social Security disability or SSI and whether you qualify for Medicaid.