Special Education, Non-Profits and Human Services

Massachusetts Special Education AttorneysBoston-Area School Law Attorneys

The Cambridge law firm of Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry provides a full range of services to for-profit and not-for-profit special education schools and agencies, as well as to individuals with special needs and their families. This area of practice is a focus of our law firm and we provide comprehensive representation and counsel to clients throughout the Commonwealth. We also serve as general counsel to the vast majority of all the educational services providers in the Commonwealth, as well as to the trade organization to which all of them belong. Due to the breadth and success of our practice in this area, state agencies frequently advise non-profits and special needs providers to employ our firm as their legal counsel.

Comprehensive Legal Services for Not-for-Profit Clients

Our legal services include:

  • Program approvals, reporting, licensing, regulatory and financial compliance, and appeals with federal and state agencies
  • New program applications, program reconstructions, extraordinary relief matters, special circumstances and administrative reviews
  • General corporate law, including litigation, contracts, employment, wage and hour, and real estate matters
  • Clinical probate matters, including guardianship issues and conflicts, Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, medication, and substituted judgment
  • Special needs estate planning, trusts and guardianships
  • Non-profit governance advice
  • Appearances before all boards and agencies on behalf of clients

Our ability to provide this type of focused counsel and representation to the special needs community is based in part on our other areas of practice. We routinely handle matters involving general corporate law, employment law, real estate, construction law, municipal law and disability law — areas that are part of almost every matter involving non-profits, human services and special education.

Building Relationships, Responding Quickly to Client Needs

Our attorneys respond rapidly to client emergencies; when a child is injured at school or an organization is the subject of legal action, we are on the scene without delay. We have long-standing and ongoing relationships with institutional clients and are frequently involved in planning and discussions about how best to meet student/client needs.

Assisting Clients With Complex Rate Setting Matters

An important part of our practice is rate setting; simply put, we help schools and non-profits navigate the tangled regulatory framework to obtain payment for the services they provide. The regulations surrounding payment for special education services are complex and arcane; we are among a very few law firms that understand the intricacies of setting payment rates for private service providers.

To schedule an appointment with our Massachusetts special education lawyers, call at 617-494-1920 or send us an e-mail.

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