Adoption Attorneys

There are several things to consider when looking for a good adoption attorney. You may not want to go with the one with the biggest ad in the yellow pages, or the one with the flashiest ad. Finding an attorney to meet your needs may be a little more difficult than that. You should find an attorney that can understand your situation and assist you in your quest to adopt a child.

We have compiled some questions that you should ask before hiring an adoption attorney.

  • How many adoptions have you completed?
  • How many this year?
  • How many have you handled where the birth mother backed out?
  • Do you charge a flat fee or an hourly rate?
  • What is the average cost of an adoption?
  • Do you require a retainer in advance? If so, how much?
  • What happens to the funds is the birth mother changes her mind?
  • What is your experience, knowledge and competence?
  • How long have you worked with the adoption process?
  • Do you find the birth mothers? If so, how? (Attorneys in some states cannot match you to a birth mother. They have to be represented by different attorneys)
  • How will your office keep me informed of all the process on my case?
  • What made you decide to handle adoption cases?
  • Do you handle open adoptions, closed adoptions or both?
  • Do you handle setting up the counseling for the birth mother and us?
  • Will you also be involved in the adoption finalization?
  • Do you have a toll-free number so that the birth mother can call?
  • Who will be able to assist me with my case if you happen to be out of the office?

You need to hire an adoption lawyer that can answer all your questions to your satisfaction. The attorney should be able to return your phone calls promptly and always be sensitive to your concerns and questions. The adoption attorney should be well organized and should be up to date on the current adoption laws. The attorney should also be able to openly discuss the emotional and financial risks that are involved with adoption.

A good adoption attorney will be able to make you feel comfortable with all of the decisions that are involved in the adoption process. Also, check to make sure that the attorney’s staff is pleasant and easy to work with. This will be a great asset when working with the birth mother.

Adoption is a great way to make families and the choice of a great adoption attorney is very important. Contact an experienced adoption attorney today.