As leading adoption attorneys in Arizona, we understand that the adoption process can be both exciting and overwhelming. Choosing the right attorney ensures a smooth and successful adoption process. To help you make an informed decision, here are the top five questions to ask an adoption attorney.

What portion of your practice is dedicated to adoption?

Adoptions are traditionally handled by family law attorneys, who may also handle various other family-related legal matters. A good adoption attorney should focus primarily on adoption cases, ideally making it 50 to 100 percent of their practice. If the attorney focuses most of their practice on divorce and has only handled a few adoptions over the years, you may want to continue your search.

What is the adoption process like, and how long does it take?

The adoption attorney should provide you with a thorough outline of the adoption process in an easy-to-understand manner. Remember that every adoption is unique; timelines can vary depending on many factors. Ask the attorney to provide an estimated timeline so you know what to expect and can plan accordingly. 

What are the potential adoption costs, and how do you charge for your services?

Adoption costs vary widely depending on the adoption type and your case’s circumstances. Ask the attorney to explain how they charge for their services. Do they charge flat fees for adoptions or hourly rates? If the attorney charges a retainer to be paid in advance, do you require a retainer to be paid in advance? 

What legal risks are involved in adoption, and how do you handle them?

Adoption can be a complex legal process, and risks are always involved. Ask the attorney to explain the potential legal risks and how they handle them. Ensure you understand the legal implications of the adoption process and feel confident that the attorney can navigate any challenges.

Can you provide references or testimonials from previous clients?

Finally, ask the attorney if they can provide references or testimonials from previous clients. This will give you an idea of the attorney’s reputation and track record in handling adoptions. 

Don’t forget to look at their reviews on Facebook, Avvo, Google, and Yelp. 

Bonus Tip: Find an experienced attorney through the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys directory. AAAA is an organization of nearly 500 highly vetted attorneys dedicated to the competent and ethical practice of adoption and assisted reproduction law. Kristy and Cory are both active members of AAAA.

Adoption is a life-changing event that requires careful consideration and planning. By asking these five questions, you can feel confident that you are choosing the right adoption attorney for your unique case.

At Stuart & Blackwell, our attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and compassion to help you welcome your child into your loving home. Call us today at (480) 420-2900 to schedule an initial consultation and learn how we can get you started on your adoption process and assist with your adoption journey.