Education Law Counsel
The attorneys of Whitted Takiff LLC, provide legal representation for a wide variety of educational and mental health institutions that provide services to children.
Committed to Institutions
From taking proactive measures to avoid potential liability to institutional and school liability defense, we provide a broad range of services dedicated to promoting your interests and protecting your reputation. Our team of experienced education lawyers is committed to resolving matters privately, efficiently and effectively.
Our law firm is available to serve schools, school districts, and other institutions in the greater Chicago area, Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, and the other collar counties, and throughout northern Illinois. We provide legal services to private schools, special education providers, public school districts, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, alternative behavior facilities and other facilities who serve children. Whether you are a public school seeking liability defense in a special education case or a private institution in need general counsel for all your legal requirements, we can help.
Practice Areas for Institutions
- Special Education Law
- Mental Health and Confidentiality Law
- Bill Collection
- Liability Defense for schools and other institutions
- Nonpublic Institution Approval and Rate Setting
- Licensing and Funding Disputes
- Contract Negotiation and Other Contractual Issues
- Criminal and Civil Litigation
- In-Service Training
Every child has unique and individual needs. Due process, equal protection, and both state and federal special education law require that every student has access to an appropriate education. If your school district has failed to meet the educational needs of your child, we can help.
WT staff is extremely knowledgeable regarding federal and state mental health laws and has experience representing schools, mental health institutions and professional organizations in all areas of mental health and confidentiality laws.
WT has extensive experience in bill collection matters related to serving children and adults with mental health, drug rehabilitation or special education needs. Current Illinois law dictates that for children who are attending drug rehabilitation or special education services at private facilities, the school district of that child’s residence is responsible for paying for those services.
Unlike public schools and organizations who serve children and adults with special education or mental health needs, private entities can be held accountable monetarily should something unexpected occur. In these instances, it is important to have solid, experienced legal representation who knows how to navigate the mental health and special needs field in Illinois. WT can provide that experience.
There is a lengthy and complex process for starting up a new private special education school and becoming approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. WT can offer you the proper guidance and counsel during this procedure, which is needed to prevent future fiscal and programmatic quandaries.
Being a licensed private mental health or special education organization in Illinois which receives funding from one or more state agencies means that there is always the looming possibility for licensing or funding disputes with those agencies. WT can help you in all aspects of these disputes.
Running a mental health or education facility involves not only being able to navigate both the research-based worlds of therapy and education, but also the daily business-oriented tasks which can sometimes become overwhelming and extraordinarily time-consuming. WT has experience with a myriad of issues relating to how mental health and education services are provided, and can work with your company, partnership, group practice, or school to develop the business-based services and contracts to serve your needs.
WT offers years of experience in the civil litigation arena, and our representation of parents in the state and federal courts encompasses various areas, including contract disputes, arbitration issues, administrative hearing appeals, as well as to the areas of school, special education and mental health laws.
The attorneys from WT have a vast amount of experience regarding in-service training for organizations in a variety of topical areas, including special education law, mental health and confidentiality, and juvenile criminal law.