Attorneys focus on finalizing a resolution through the mediation process and, if needed, hearings and appeals.
Costs vary when seeking full legal representation. While our families are ultimately responsible for legal fees, we ask for a percentage along the way. Our expectation is that the district will eventually pay a large percentage of legal fees as part of a final settlement.
At the outset, clients are asked to pay a $2000 retention fee. This amount is directly applied to any future fees.
In the unlikely event of a due process hearing, we cap our fees at $35,000 and ask for 50% in advance; at least four weeks prior to the hearing. If we prevail you have the right to seek recovery of your fees and we will assist to make sure all applicable fees are recovered. This may include filing a fee complaint in federal court.
Around 94% of special education cases settle and do not proceed to a hearing.
Depending on the complexities of your case overall fees typically range from $3,500 to $15,000.
Listen to Richard’s interview all about paying for legal services.