Has a teacher or administrator determined that your child has special needs or requires special education classes? Don’t let those words discourage you or get in the way of you making sure your child receives the education s/he deserves. Our firm assists parents and guardians with all special education law issues, including those related to individualized education plan (IEP) matters, due process proceedings, federal court proceedings, disability and discrimination issues, academic dismissals at all levels of education and more. The goal is to see that your child's needs are met.
The Law Office of Jennifer O. Price prepares Special Needs Trusts (sometimes called Supplemental Needs Trusts) for parents and guardians seeking to set aside funds to benefit disabled children while at the same time maximizing the child's eligibility for public benefits. Through a special needs trust, a disabled beneficiary can receive gifts, lawsuit settlements and other funds without being denied eligibility for many income-dependent government programs. We draft trust documents so that the money being provided to the disabled child (the “beneficiary”) will not be considered as belonging to the beneficiary when the government determines benefit eligibility. Special needs trusts are frequently created by a parent or another family member for a child with special needs even though the child may be an adult by the time the trust is created or funded. Such trusts can also be set up in a will as a way for someone to leave assets to a disabled relative.
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Is your child getting disciplined by the school for behavior that could stem from a disability? Suspensions are a common form of discipline used by schools, but suspensions adversely affect a student’s learning ability and disrupt the overall learning environment. Federal laws require a school district to evaluate a child with a disability before making a significant change in placement. Generally, this means a change that lasts longer than 10 consecutive days; however, a series of suspensions due to underlying behaviors may show a pattern of exclusion and can constitute a significant change of placement. The Law Office of Jennifer O. Price can help you enforce your due process rights to ensure the proper procedures are followed and your child is given the services he or she needs to be successful in school.