Over my nearly 15 years of special education and school law practice, I have found that in the majority of cases, parents do NOT need formal legal representation; instead, they simply need empowerment through knowledge, analysis and guidance. Why spend thousands of dollars hiring a lawyer, right off the bat, when a far less expensive option exists: basic consultations with a special education / school law attorney to thoroughly discuss your case, engage in Q&A, and obtain legal guidance?
Yes, if your case is truly ready for formal legal representation, we can proceed down that path, but most of the time, and for numerous reasons, starting with basic legal consultations is the easiest and least expensive way to proceed.
Why schedule a consultation? Because not every issue requires legal representation or formal advocacy. Sometimes, you just want to speak with a school-law attorney to:
Strategize your approach;
Obtain a professional opinion about a situation;
See if your approach or goals are reasonable, given the facts of your case;
Determine if you have a strong legal case;
Get help filling the holes in your case;
Obtain a referral to another professional, such as a neuropsychologist.