I'm working with a child advocate for my daughter's IEP. He seemed very knowledgeable, though expensive. He estimated 4-5 hours prep and 1-2 hours for the meeting at his hourly rate of $150. We paid $600, covering the pre-meeting estimate, but then he sent a bill for another $800 for another 4-5 hours of work (including the meeting.) I asked him just how much we can expect to pay for all of this and he was not able to give us an actual number. Just kept in saying that it's worth it for my kid, or that we can reduce the accommodations I'm asking for to minimize costs.
Does this sound like a typical experience working with a child advocate? What was the total cost you ended up paying? Do you think you could have done it on your own?