What about the HSLDA?
By Mary H. McCarthy, links from Ann Zeise
There are many different opinions about The Home School Legal Defense Association. First off, it’s your money and you may spend it any way you wish. If you want to join, by all means join, just know what you are joining.
Read the HSLDA membership agreement or mission statement the word ‘insurance’ is mentioned once: where they say they are not an insurance company. Isn’t that interesting? Write a letter to your state’s Insurance Commissioner, enclose an HSLDA application, and request an investigation as to whether HSLDA is a legal service plan; if such plans are legal in your state and whether the Commissioner is familiar with HSLDA. Ask if there are any complaints against them or the individual lawyers involved on file with their office. Ask if this type of pre-paid legal service plan is regulated by your state. The address can usually be found in the phone book, or address it to the agency in your state capital. Use a zip code directory to locate government buildings. [Better yet, use the links in this article!]
Write a letter to your state Bar Association and ask if HSLDA and the individual attorneys are members in good standing, and if they need to be to practice law in your state. Ask if there are any complaints on file against HSLDA and/or the individual attorneys.
You may also wish to contact your state’s or country’s Consumer Affairs Division.
You may also wish to contact authorities in Virginia where HSLDA/F is headquartered. You do not have to live in VA to contact authorities there and request information about HSLDA/F. [Virginia Bar Association,Virginia Consumer Affairs, Virginia Bureau of Insurance]
You can request from HSLDA copies of their Audited Financial Statements and IRS Form 990’s. These contain all the financial information, and as a non-profit organization, are required to be made available to members and potential members on request. Be sure to ask for forms for BOTH HSLDA and HSLDFoundation as both are active, separate corporations conducting business. Expect to pay a minimal fee for the cost of copying. If HSLDA/F tells you they do not have financial statements, ask them how they file tax returns without financial information.
You can also request “Public Inspection Copies” of HSLDA and HSLDF’s IRS Form 990’s for the previous 5 years from the IRS. Write a letter to:Internal Revenue Service Department of the Treasury PO Box 9941 Ogden UT 84409 attn: MS 6716.
Include your name, address and phone number. Do not send money, they will contact you and tell you what they have available and how much to send. Include the Employer Identification Numbers (EIN): HSLDA’s is 54-1719605, and HSLDF’s is 52-1354365.
These are the same tax-returns and are public information, as are ALL non-profit organizations, so that contributors can make informed decisions as to whether they want to contribute to an organization. You will be able to see how much is spent on running the organization, paying salaries, grants to other organizations and lobbying. You will also be able to see how much is spent on ‘specific assistance to individuals’ which will give you an idea of how much is spent to help members. The only information the IRS withholds is contributors TO HSLDA/F.
When and if you have satisfied yourself that HSLDA/F is what you want to join, then you will be an informed consumer and a wise steward of your resources able to receive the best available benefits of your membership.
– Mary H. McCarthy
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Better Business Bureau – Legal Service Plans
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Guide Star Report for HSLDA
Financial information in this report is derived from the organization’s March 31, 2015 Form 990. Federal EIN: 54-1719605. Phone: (540) 338-5600. The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization’s total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities also must be considered.
Christian Reconstruction Rides Again!
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Online magazine with tons of articles about consumer information.
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End Child Protection: Doug Philips, HSLDA, and the 2009 Men’s Leadership Summit
In 2009, an exclusive group of male homeschool leaders got together, at a conference held at Bill Gothard’s training center, to be inspired by talks by frequent HSLDA guest Kevin Swanson, then-current (now deceased) HSLDA attorney Klicka, former HSLDA attorney Phillips, current HSLDA-affiliated researcher Ray, and Heritage Defense ally Baucham. And all of this was to culminate in one thing: a grand vision, or manifesto, for the future of what they themselves term “the Christian Home Education Movement.” And none of these organizations ever mention it happening.
Group Legal Services Association
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Hiring an Attorney
The only thing worse than not having access to an attorney is to have a bad one!
HSLDA & Gun Free School Zones
AN A to Z ARTICLE
HSLDA thwarted. Thanks for all your letters supporting homeschoolers’ right to be called private schools.
HSLDFoundation Grant Recipients 1998
HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOCATION EIN 54-1719605; Form 990 for tax year 1998 (4/01/98- 3/31/99) rec’d in Ogden Utah 2/17/2000; Public inspection copy IRS, PO Box 9941, Ogden UT 84409, MS 6717.
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I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah
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National Consumer Law Center
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The Home School Legal Defense Association DOES NOT Speak for US!
For over 20 years, the organization known as the Home School Legal Defense Association has purported to speak for homeschoolers throughout the United States. In fact, HSLDA, is a religiously conservative, contractual law firm that represents, by its own admission, fewer than 90,000 home educators — less than 5% of the country’s estimated 2 million homeschoolers.
What is HSLDA’s relationship with local and state homeschool organizations?
While HSLDA has no official relationship with any local or state homeschool groups, we do provide groups the opportunity to offer HSLDA membership at a discount to their families.
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Who’s Country is this?
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