Our Special Education Department’s Mission
The Special Education Department of McAndrews Law Offices strives to meet or exceed our clients’ expectations by effectively and efficiently handling matters through the skilled use of strategic planning and the compassion we would desire for our own children. Our commitment to our clients and the communities involves providing the public with valuable information regarding the rights children with disabilities, sustaining a collaborative and challenging working environment, and pursuing our individual improvement while maintaining a collegial environment with a teamwork-based approach to our clients’ matters.
Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C Area Special Education Law Firm
Special education law is a specialty in which very few attorneys practice with any degree of regularity. The field is a tapestry of federal laws (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act), state statutes, federal regulations (a separate set under each federal law) and state regulations.
This firm has been involved in special education matters and disability law for over thirty years. Our attorneys possess a broad range of experience and advanced degrees in psychology and education. Therefore, when you require legal advice in a matter involving special education, you can feel secure and confident in working with our firm.
No Charge for Initial Special Education Consultations
McAndrews Law Offices is committed to providing access to exceptional legal services to deserving families regardless of the ability to pay. Our comprehensive review process by our firm may involve up to ten hours of review and consultation by our special education professionals. Our initial consultation is provided at no charge in most cases.
Our initial consultations with families concerning the special education needs of their children are very comprehensive. The process begins with the client providing intake information to our experienced senior special education paralegal. A partner reviews this intake information and provides any necessary preliminary information to the client to address short-term issues, while the client gathers records to provide to our office.
Typically, we ask for all of the student’s IEPs, Evaluation Reports, private evaluations, report cards, progress reports and important correspondence between the family and the school personnel. Once these documents are received in our office, our support staff organizes these documents for review by two of our special education attorneys. A meeting is promptly scheduled with the family, and the two attorneys will attend that meeting, including the assigned attorney and one of our senior partners. At the conclusion of the meeting, we are generally able to provide the family with a plan for obtaining appropriate educational services and other relief from the school district, and a representation arrangement is discussed with the family, and in many cases our firm accepts substantial risk in obtaining our fees from the educational agency.
Consult Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C. area special education attorneys to learn more
Consult PA, DE, MD and Washington, D.C. special education lawyers at McAndrews Law Offices at 610.648.9300 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.