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Coronavirus Update

We understand this is a very challenging time. We will do everything possible to alleviate the additional stress that you may be having regarding your child’s case. Please be safe! Below you will find answers to many of the questions you may have. _____________________________________________________________ IS THE OFFICE STILL OPEN? Yes, our office is working remotely. Thanks to video-conferencing, shared programs/files, a paperless-office, and teamwork, Ratcliff Law is running seamlessly. You would likely not even know we are working remotely. Our office line (646-741-3030) is hooked up to our home offices, so you can still reach us at that number during business hours. CAN I MAIL DOCU

Coronavirus FAQs

At Ratcliff Law, we are closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus. During this time, our clients and their cases remain our top priority. In addition, to me personally, the health and safety of my team and their families is of paramount importance. Therefore, as of Monday, March 16th, our entire office will be working remotely until further notice. We are fully equipped to do so, and it is doubtful you will notice much of a difference. If you have documents you need to send our way that cannot be emailed our faxed, please contact Fanny (Fanny@ratclifflaw.org) and she will let you know how to mail them to us. We will also be conducting all meetings via phone

Where Did All The Hearing Officers Go?

We know the impartial hearing process can be extremely stressful for parents. At Ratcliff Law, it is our goal to make the process as seamless as possible. While the process has always been slow due to inadequate payment policies, delays in docket management and local laws and policies that prevent expeditious resolution meetings and settlements, it has gotten significantly slower. The substantial delays have created a crisis for parents seeking a free, appropriate public education for their children. Parents are forced to pay out of pocket for months and, in some cases, well over a year, before matters are resolved and parents are reimbursed. Currently, there is a backlog of nearly 10,000 op

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