Because of our background and experience in both education law and disability within our own lives, the attorneys and staff at Wiscarson Law understand the impact that a special needs child can have on an entire family – including the crushing financial effect. Throughout the history of Wiscarson Law, we have always been sensitive to this issue and have developed a law practice that is efficient and serviceable for parents.
Our attorneys will review each child’s educational situation on a case-by-case basis, and then help parents figure out whether legal representation is necessary. To do that effectively, parents are never charged for an initial consultation.
At an initial consultation, our attorneys will meet with you, review your educational documents, assess your child’s unique educational issues, and explore options that will meet your family’s needs. At the end of the consultation, we can help you decide whether your child needs legal representation, and if so, how we can best serve your child. If you do not need an attorney, we will forthrightly tell you so and help you plan your next steps.
Wiscarson Law employs managerial, administrative, law clerk, advocacy, clerical, and paralegal staff as appropriate, to meet client needs in the most economically responsible manner.
Education law is a complex and constantly evolving myriad of federal, regional, and state rules, regulations, and cases. As a parent, it is difficult to understand this ever-changing area of law and figure out how to apply it to your child’s unique situation. Wiscarson Law can help you by working with you and your school district or education service district in a variety of ways, including:
- Helping determine if special education services might be appropriate and initiating the evaluation process;
- Helping develop and implement an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a § 504 Plan and explain the difference between the plans;
- Providing guidance to parents through the special education process;
- Helping parents know what their legal rights are;
- Providing “behind the scenes” legal advice or assistance;
- Attending meetings with school districts;
- Assisting with eligibility determinations for special education services;
- Helping determine and ensure appropriate specially designed instruction;
- Helping find and securing an appropriate placement;
- Filing Complaints and Due Process Complaints with State Departments of Education;
- Advocating in special education mediations;
- Negotiating settlements with school districts;
- Attending disciplinary proceedings for special education students and, in unique circumstances, regular education students; and
- Helping navigate other special education issues for successful resolutions.