UNIT 4 - Billing and Payment for Services as a Special Education Advocate

Billing as a special education advocate refers to the process of charging clients for professional services provided. Special education advocates typically charge for their time and expertise based on various billing methods and structures. It's important to have clear payment arrangements with your clients and to communicate your fees and billing practices upfront. Having a well-defined payment agreement helps avoid misunderstandings and disputes down the line. Unit 4 will begin with coverage of:

A. Types of Billing

  • Hourly Billing
  • Flat Fee Billing
  • Contingency Fee (Why it cannot be used)
  • Retainer Fee
  • Retainer Plus Hourly Billing
  • Hybrid Models
  • Pro Bono

When clients don't pay their fees, it can create challenges for special education advocates. This second part of Unit 4 part will focus on:

B. Non-Payment by Clients and Options for Managing the Situation

  • Communication
  • Invoice Dispute Resolution
  • Late Payment Penalties
  • Payment Plans
  • Cease Work
  • Small Claims Court
  • Collection Agencies
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Action

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