Choosing the right adoption attorney is a crucial step in the adoption process. The attorney you choose will guide you through the adoption’s legal process, so it’s important to find someone who is experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Here are some tips on how to choose the best adoption attorney for your needs.
Look for an attorney with experience in adoption law.
Ideally, you’ll want to find an attorney who focuses primarily on adoption law, as not all family law attorneys have experience in this area. Additionally, an experienced adoption attorney will have handled many interstate adoption cases, whereas family law attorneys who advertise adoption aren’t always aware of the extra laws and regulations of interstate adoption. Look for an attorney who has handled several adoption cases and has a deep understanding of the legal complexities involved.
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. All AAAA attorneys have interstate adoption experience. Kristy and Cory are both active members of AAAA.
Ask for referrals.
If you know someone who has adopted, ask for their recommendations. Honest advice from a trusted source is invaluable.
Reading reviews on Facebook, AVVO, Google, and Yelp can give you insight into the attorney’s reputation. You can also ask for references or testimonials from previous clients. (Check out Kristy and Cory’s AVVO reviews).
Consider the attorney’s fees.
It’s no secret that adoption can be expensive, and legal fees can be a significant part of the cost. Make sure you understand what the attorney’s fees will be and what services are included. Some attorneys charge a flat fee, while others charge by the hour.
Schedule an initial consultation.
Adoption is a personal and emotional process, so it’s important to find an attorney who understands your needs and values and who you’ll feel comfortable working with. An initial consultation is the best way to get to know the attorney better and ask any questions you may have. Check out our blog, The Best Questions to Ask an Adoption Attorney, to help prepare for your initial consultation.
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.