New U.S. Department of Education Initiative to Address the Use of Restraint & Seclusion

February 2019 The MLO Minute By Michael Connolly, Esq., Supervising Partner, Special Education Department, McAndrews Law Offices, P.C.  Many students with social-emotional and behavioral needs face the inappropriate use of physical restraint and placement in “seclusion rooms” as a result of inappropriate academic, social-emotional, and/or behavior supports and programming.  The repeated use of such practices…

February 11th, 2019: Special Education Laws Made Simple – Know Special Education Requirements and Procedures to a T

NBI: National Business Institute Seminar Are you looking for a seminar that spells out schools’ obligations and options under special education laws? Do you need a practical guide to FAPE, LRE and due process? This comprehensive course lays out the legal requirements and procedures, and examines the landmines to avoid. Learn from other schools’ missteps…

February 2nd – 23rd: A Guide to Special Education

Parents and Caregivers can feel overwhelmed when their child is not succeeding in school. This program will provide valuable information and at the ready resources to help individuals feel more prepared when engaging with school in the area of educational disabilities. WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd – February 23rd (No Class Feb. 16th ) TIME: 10:00am…

Unfortunately, Repairs Are an Important Part of our Estate Planning Practice

January 2019 By Dennis McAndrews, Esq. and Jennifer Simons, Esq., McAndrews Law Offices, P.C., Estates and Trusts Department About 20% of our Estate Planning work involves repairing defective estate plans created by other attorneys. On a professional level, this is quite disturbing to observe, as under the Rules of Professional Conduct, attorneys are required to handle…

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FIRM MCANDREWS LAW OFFICES ANNOUNCES NEW SHAREHOLDERS

January 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BERWYN, PENNSYLVANIA, January 2019 – McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. is pleased to announce the selection of three new shareholders in the firm. Katharine Ryan, Anthony Marone and Caitlin McAndrews have achieved the prestige of being selected as shareholders, and each of these outstanding attorneys have proven themselves to be magnificent…

Progress Monitoring – It’s Critical in Special Education and in Life

January 2019 By Dennis McAndrews, Esq. In 30 years of reviewing thousands of IEPs, one of the most neglected aspects of special education has been a lack of meaningful efforts to monitor the progress of students with disabilities. Notably, federal special education law requires IEPs to set forth the manner in which progress will be…

The Increased Federal Estate Tax Exemption Doesn’t Decrease the Need for Wills and Estate Plans

December 2018 By Dennis McAndrews A recent article in a major newspaper spoke of the effects of the increased federal estate tax exemption ($11,400,000 for individuals and $22,800,000 for couples in 2019, as well as portability, which allows spouses to utilize both exemptions without complex planning), upon estate planning practices, and noted that many larger…