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When HSLDA chooses to represent a member family whose right to homeschool has been challenged by government officials, there are no charges of any kind. HSLDA pays in full all attorney fees (including those for local attorneys hired to appear with us in any state courts where HSLDA attorneys are not licensed to practice law), expert witness fees, court transcript costs, travel expenses, and all other court costs permissible by state law for us to pay. There are no additional fees or hidden costs.
*Please note that member families who choose to consult separately with a non-HSLDA attorney must do so at their own expense.
We encourage you to apply for HSLDA membership even if you are experiencing legal problems. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accept your application, we would like to help you if possible. Please submit a membership application, and our Legal Department will review it carefully. If your application cannot be approved, we will return your payment (minus rush fees, which are nonrefundable) and send you a letter of explanation.
HSLDA reserves the right to not approve any membership application. We also reserve the right to revoke membership if any information has been misrepresented.
If your family needs immediate assistance, we suggest that you expedite your application with the $40 rush fee.
Rushed applications will be reviewed within 2 business days. Because processing a rushed application requires the immediate diversion of HSLDA resources, the $40 fee is nonrefundable. Approval is not guaranteed.
Be sure to include details about your situation on your application and be prepared to submit copies of relevant documentation (letters, court documents, etc.).
You should follow the law of the state in which you are physically present.
Why? When you are physically present in a state, even temporarily, you are subject to that state’s laws—and often to the jurisdiction of its courts. So you could be required to comply with that state’s homeschool law. This is true even if your legal residency is in another state and you are only living elsewhere temporarily (such as if you are an active member of the military completing a temporary assignment).
Will you be living in another state longer than a month while that state’s public schools are in session? HSLDA generally recommends that you comply with that state’s homeschool requirements. This general recommendation applies even if you and/or your spouse pay taxes, own property, and/or have employment in a different state.
If you’re an HSLDA member, please contact our Legal Team for specific advice about how state home education laws apply in your specific situation.