Your Lawyer Is Not Your Therapist

Welcome to our series on “10 Things Your Lawyer Can’t Afford To Tell You.” Today, we discuss the difference between a mental health counselor and a legal counselor. If you need legal help, call your lawyer. (This article does not offer such legal advice to anybody, by the way. It’s just one person’s opinion.) If you feel sad, angry, traumatized, or are having difficulty coping with your legal problems, call your therapist. They can help!

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Washington Announces Pilot Program Designed to Reduce Segregation of Students With Disabilities

Washington State is in the lowest 25% of all states in the United States when it comes to the segregation of students with disabilities. The Superintendent of Public Instruction just launched a pilot program to mentor teachers in best practices for inclusive education, differentiated instruction, and individualized instruction. But without the political will to commit to desegregation and move beyond a 2-year pilot program, integration will only remain a nice idea that Washington didn't really try and failed to execute.

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Time Is Money - especially for lawyers

The third thing in my list of “10 Things Your Lawyer Can’t Afford To Tell You” is that time is money and you’re always on the clock. You can chat about the weather, the Seahawks, or your kid’s birthday party to your lawyer. But be aware that your lawyer will charge you for that time. Don’t take my word for it - talk to your lawyer (or not) - and understand that this article is mostly observational and not intended to apply to your situation.

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Your Lawyer Is Not Your Friend

The second article in a series on “10 Things Your Lawyer Can’t Afford To Tell You” explains that your lawyer is not your friend and that getting invited to a housewarming barbecue doesn’t really alter the professional relationship or the need to be a good client and observe boundaries. If anything in this article reminds you of your situation, it’s mere coincidence and personal opinion - not legal advice! Discuss your individual situation with your lawyer.

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You May Only Meet Your Lawyer Once

This article - explaining why your lawyer and the people working on your case are probably not the person you thought you hired - is the first in a series on “10 Things Your Lawyer Can’t Afford To Tell You.” As always, don’t take the content too seriously. It’s snarky observation, not legal advice. Every situation is different. Talk to your lawyer. Don’t take action based on commentary by some stranger on the internet - even if that stranger is me.

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Lawyer? Attorney? Counselor?

Legally speaking, there is no difference between a lawyer, a counselor, and an attorney. You don’t go to law school, pass the bar, and get a license to “counsel” or to “lawyer.” But the origins of the words are different and mean slightly different things.

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10 Things Your Lawyer Can’t Afford to Tell You

This is an annoying click-bait introduction to a series of 10 articles about some of the legal profession’s dirty little secrets. It’s a bit of cheeky snark that sheds some insight into the legal practice and offers some perspective. There are always exceptions to the rule and don’t take any of it too seriously. Don’t forget to read the legal disclaimer!

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Back to School Checklist for Special Education Parents

Countermark Law PLLC understands that parenting a student with a disability is hard! This article is not meant to be a guilt trip. Instead, please consider the 10 items on this “back to school list” if your child has a disability to get ready for a safe and healthy school year.

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What Is Emergency Expulsion?

Help – my kid got emergency expelled! What does this mean? What happens to my kid now? Does this mean my kid can’t ever go back to school? No. Emergency expulsion (often referred to as “EE”) does not mean a student can never come back to school. It is just a tool. When something serious happens on a school campus that could affect the health and safety of another student, a district can “emergency expel” a student for 5 days while the administrators conduct an investigation.

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What Is Education Law?

What is education law or school law? Do you need an education lawyer? This area of law can include a huge range of issues, but if you are have a problem that occurred at a school or affects a student’s ability to attend school (whether it’s Pre-K or a post-doc program), it’s probably education law. A school lawyer, like Jinju Park at Countermark Law, may be able to help you address the issue.

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Countermark Law - a different kind of law firm

Let’s change the way we think about how legal services are delivered, how clients pay for these services, and how attorneys and staff are compensated for their work. I reject the traditional law firm model of billable hours for the profit of a few, based on compensation received from the privileged …

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