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If your child is having a problem at school and you are not sure where to turn, we can help.

Are you sure the school is complying with the law to provide your child with the education to which he or she is entitled under both federal and state laws? We explain and advise you of the legal rights both you and your child have. We provide legal advice and strategy for you to advocate on your own, or we can provide legal representation of both you and your child. We can assist you as much or as little as you want or need.


As special education attorneys and advocates  know the federal and state laws and the rules and regulations; we know parents' legal rights and children's legal rights. We can provide the legal advice and strategy so you can act as a parent advocate for your child, or we can provide the legal representation for you and your child at IEP meetings, MDRs (Multidisciplinary Review hearings), REDs (Review of Existing Data meetings), METs (Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team meetings), transition meetings, and mediations. We can review your child's IEP and prepare you for your upcoming meetings. We have been advocating for students for over 10 years. Children are our first priority.

School districts, charter schools and private schools have attorneys advising them and protecting their interests. You and your child should have an education attorney or an educational advocate on your side to protect you both, to advise you of your legal rights, and to assure you that your child is receiving the education to which he or she is entitled to under the federal and state statutes and regulations. Remember, BOTH you and your child have legal rights. As lawyers and special education advocates, not only do we have the legal knowledge and skills to represent you, but we also have personal experience in special education.

Debra Lemos is the  mother of a special needs teenager, attorney Michael Turner  has navigated the school system. He knows that all parents want to ensure that their children have the best possible future, and that sometimes they need someone in their corner. She has walked in your shoes.


James Paicopolos has a  Master's degree in Special Education and is licensed both as a special education teacher and as a school psychologist.   He has been a school psychologist  for nearly 20 years in Massachusetts and he has also taught overseas. Gloria Paicopolos has taught in self-contained classes, special education schools, day treatment programs and hospital schools. She obtained licenses and certifications in special education and as a reading teacher in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  He also hold Certification from the New Hampshire Department of Education to teach students with Emotional Disabilities, grades K-12. When she represents you and your child at a school meeting or hearing, no one from the school can tell her she doesn't know what it's like in the classroom -- SHE DOES! She knows the language schools speak and she knows what goes on behind the scenes. In addition to her B.S. and M.Ed. in Special Education, Hope completed extensive post-graduate work in school administration. She trained and supervised teachers in curriculum development, teaching strategies, behavior management and writing IEPs.


We Know How to Get Children the Education They Deserve
We can explain your legal rights and provide you with the legal advice and strategy to assure you that your child is receiving the education to which he or is she is entitled under the law. We will work with you as much or as little as you need. We can represent you or just advise you. We can provide you with the tools and resources you need to advocate for your child. We help you navigate the world of special education law. We have been there, and we have navigated the special education waters ourselves and for our clients.

Whether your son or daughter attends school at a public school or charter school, we can help with legal advocacy and education law concerns and problems of all types, including:

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
IEPs (Individualized Education Plans)
LRE (Least Restrictive Environment)
Identification of your child for special education and related services
Obtaining all of the evaluations your child shouldhave, including obtaining IEEs (Independent Educational Evaluations)
Obtaining the appropriate placement for your child along the continuum, from full inclusion to RTC and hospital settings
Child Find law
Discipline (suspensions and expulsions)
Multidisciplinary Review meetings (MDRs)
Bullying
Injury at school
Due process complaints
Due process hearings
Restraint and seclusion (including “SCREAM rooms” and “Cool Down rooms”)
504 eligibility, 504 plans (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act)
Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
Retaliation, disability harassment
Transition assessments and plans
Settlement Agreements

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