"Protecting special needs children and their families"
Fabisch Law, L.L.C.
Rhode Island Office
875 Centerville Road
Building 1, Suite 9
Warwick, RI 02886
664 Pearl Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Client Intake Process
We get a large number of calls from parent desirous of information and seeking advice on their special education problems. It is impossible to dispense this advice responsibly in a phone call with a parent without first reviewing the child's educational records, including evaluations, the current IEP, and correspondence from the school district. Should you call our office, you will initially speak to a paralegal who will assist you in gathering records and engaging us to review those educational records. It is only after those records are reviewed that substantive opinions can be offered by our staff.
Attorneys are required by our Rules of Professional Conduct to establish a written agreement with clients that explains the extent of the relationship between the lawyer and client. Should you contact us to review your child's special education case, the paralegal will require you to complete this consultation agreement form. In addition to that form the paralegal will obtain from you financial information, should you desire to proceed to engage the firm for representation in a due process hearing or court matter. Although it may seem intrusive, there is a reason the firm gathers this information from clients. One of the factors taken into account prior to quoting a family a monetary amount to retain the firm for legal action is the families financial status. Frankly, few families can afford the true cost of attorneys to represent them in special education litigation. Therefore, the firm works within its means to help those families that it can, often representing families at reduced or no cost to the family. When these families are assisted, our retainer agreement requires the family to cooperate in recovery of attorneys' fees from the offending school district should we prevail on behalf of the parent in the litigation. Our firm takes great pride in assisting families that through economics, geography, or ethnicity may have trouble accessing legal services. Our outreach efforts educating parents are most often designed to educate and inform parents that traditionally have trouble accessing lawyers. Should you wish to begin the intake process with the firm, take these steps:
1) Gather up your child's special education records, including current school evaluations, IEPs, progress reports, correspondence with the school district, and reports of medical evaluators. Below is a useful records request form that you may want to download and use to obtain the records from your school district.
2) Once you have these records, contact our office through this website, or by emailing directly. Our secretary Lauren will walk you through the intake process. It greatly speeds up the intake process if you provide the records to us immediately upon contacting the office. Those records can be provided through the mail, by scanning and emailing, or by fax. Please do not send originals by mail.
The Rhode Island Special Needs Law Center is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fabisch Law, L.L.C. The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers only in the general practice of law. The court does not license or certify any lawyer as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Providing contact information does not establish an attorney-client relationship.