Special Education Attorneys and Advocates: What’s the Difference?

Oct. 13, 2020Updated Oct. 17, 2022

Tips for choosing the right person to work with

Whether it’s an advocate or an attorney, you’ll want to consider these tips when making a decision to hire someone:

  • Interview your candidates; ask them questions about their background and style, and make sure you feel as though it will be a good fit. After all, you’re placing the fate of your child’s education in their hands!

  • Ask about all fees.

  • Ask if they have a waitlist and when they can begin working on your case.

  • Ask about their communication style; do they speak up at meetings or do they prefer to write letters to the district?

  • Are they familiar with your area and your district? Do they have a history with your district?

  • What is your ultimate goal in hiring this professional? For example, do you need a current problem resolved or are you looking to learn and receive guidance throughout this journey?

If you need help finding an advocate or attorney or determining where to start, check in with an Undivided Navigator.


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