THE COST OF OUR SERVICES
We do not charge for the initial consultation with new prospective clients.
If we decide to handle the case, or wish to investigate the case further, we generally will enter into a signed written agreement that describes the services we will provide and the cost of those anticipated services to the client. As a general rule, we charge for work on a special education case by the hour. If we are successful in your special education case, the federal special education law – the IDEA -- provides that you are entitled to reimbursement for the costs and attorneys’ fees incurred.
If we win your case, we are generally able to recover all or most of your costs, including the attorneys’ fees you paid, depending on a number of factors that have been articulated by the courts. If your case seeks to recover money damages, we will generally agree to represent you on contingent-fee basis. This means that our retainer agreement will provide that you will not have to pay any attorneys’ fees unless we prevail. If we prevail, our contingent-fee agreement generally provides that we will take a percentage of the recovery as our fee.
Fee reductions and special pay arrangements may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Generally, we expect our clients to pay for our services, but we understand that not all parents can afford to pay the full cost of legal representation. We are therefore willing to consider taking such cases in exceptional circumstances.