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Special Education Law

The dedicated special education lawyers of Frankel & Kershenbaum help clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey ensure that their children receive the special education services to which they are entitled under the law. Whether a child has a learning or physical disability, behavioral challenges, a serious illness, emotional challenges or another disability, he or she deserves a thoughtful, comprehensive and appropriate education that will facilitate a bright future.

School Discipline & Truancy

If your child is facing discipline in school – from elementary school to graduate school – don’t wait to get education law legal advice. Consulting with one of the experienced education attorneys at Frankel & Kershenbaum at the beginning of the process can help you avoid mistakes that could result in long term damage, both educational and financial.

Juvenile Delinquency & Criminal Justice

There are certain telephone calls that no parent ever wants to receive.  Near the top of that list is the call telling you your child has been arrested.  Children are not immune from the law.  When they break it, they are, like adults, subject to arrest, prosecution, and significant punishments.  And once children become young adults, alleged misbehavior can lead to criminal charges that carry even more serious consequences.  If your child is facing the threat of juvenile delinquency or criminal charges, our experienced lawyers can help you navigate the challenging course ahead.

Higher Education Student Rights

Colleges, universities and other institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are prohibited from discriminating against students, or potential students, based on protected characteristics such as age, race, national origin, disability and sex. All students must be provided with equal access to education in an environment that is free from discrimination.

Medicaid, Social Security and other Public Benefits

Frankel & Kershenbaum LLC helps clients resolve legal problems pertaining to many different governmental benefit programs run by the Social Security Administration and Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare and Department of Insurance.  Children with special needs, adults with disabilities and those of advanced age are eligible for a variety of benefits programs to assist them in obtaining health care and other services.  These programs include Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare as well as Medical Assistance (MA) or Medicaid and its various Waiver Programs.

Constitutional Rights of Children

While the law treats children differently from adults in many respects, children have legal rights. Furthermore, while children’s rights are not necessarily less than those of adults, they are often different.

Children's Personal Injury

Parents don’t expect their children to suffer catastrophic injuries, yet statistics show that accidents are the leading cause of death among children and adolescents. Chief among these accidents are car accidents, accidental drowning, playground accidents and injuries caused by defective products.

Guardianships

Whether your concern centers around a child with special needs who is about to reach the age of majority or an elderly parent who needs assistance looking after his or her affairs, we can help you obtain a guardianship, which is the legal right to make decisions for another in difficult times.  A guardian is a person lawfully invested with the power and charged with the duty of taking care of a person who because of age, mental incapacity such as Alzheimer’s disease, or self-control issues like substance abuse is unable to care for himself or manage her own affairs. A guardian can be appointed to manage either a person’s financial affairs, their person (for example, medical, housing and other personal affairs) or both.

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