What does a special education attorney do?

Parent Question
Feb. 2, 2022Updated Mar. 17, 2022

Attorneys are licensed to practice law, so they are able to do things that advocates cannot do, such as:

  • Provide legal advice.
  • Assist with the preparation of a due process complaint.
  • Appear on your behalf at a hearing.
  • Subpoena and examine witnesses, obtain critical documents through discovery, preserve records for appeal, and other related legal/courtroom procedures.

They can also:

  • Assist with negotiations with the school and district.
  • Write letters/emails on your behalf.
  • Assist in reviewing documents.
  • Help you understand your rights.
  • Attend IEP/504 team meetings with you.
  • Recommend assessors, schools, and more.

For more information about these professional services, check out our article Special Education Attorneys and Advocates: What’s the Difference?


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