Frequently Asked Questions

At The Adoption and Surrogacy Law Center

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN CHOOSING THE ADOPTION & SURROGACY LAW CENTER AS YOUR ATTORNEY.

Finances

Q: What is the average cost of the adoptions you have handled?
A: They range on average from $1,000 to $4,000 and vary greatly depending on the adoption. Contested cases can run much higher.
Q: Do you bill by the hour or charge a flat fee?
A: Both. It depends on the type of adoption.
Q: Do you require a retainer fee? If so, how much?
A: Yes. Again it depends on the type of adoption and estimated fees and costs.
Q: What happens to my retainer if the adoption is not completed?
A: We refund any unused retainer. We only take out the amount for actual accrued fees and costs.

Qualifications

Q: How long have you handled adoptions?
A: Since 1989.
Q: How many non-relative adoptions have you completed?
A; Hundreds.
Q: How many this year?
A: Dozens
Q: What percentage of your total practice is devoted to adoption?
A: Approximately 50% is devoted to adoption & surrogacy.
Q: What services do you provide?
A: All legal services that exist – ranging from representation in all types of adoptions to expert witness services to handling contested matters.
Will you actively assist me in finding an adoption situation, as well as handle the legal paperwork?
A: Yes.
Can you recommend an adoption counselor to guide me and/or the birthparents through the process?
A: Yes.

Working Relationships

Q: What is your general philosophy of adoption?
A: I favor adoptive placements while respecting the rights of placing parents to make voluntary and informed decisions. I respect my clients’ views with regard to whether they want a more open adoption or not. I do believe that acquiring as much information as possible regarding both birth parents is in the child’s best interests.
Q: Why did you get involved in it?
A: I was first exposed to adoption through a close family member being a birth mother.
Q: Do you handle open adoptions, confidential adoptions, or both?
A; Both
Q: What are your feelings about openness?
A. Personally I think ongoing contact generally is most beneficial to all involved – especially the adoptee. However, I respect the views and preferences of both placing parents and adoptive parents in that regard. In some situations – a closed placement is best for the situation.
Q: Do you see counseling for birthparents as helpful? Why or why not?
A; Yes – it usually is helpful mainly because it forces the placing parent to really focus on the placement decision and adoption plan – this can assist in determining if it really is the right direction to take. I do not believe in forcing counseling though on an unwilling placing parent.
Q: Are you available after hours?
A: Yes. The nature of adoption law is that there often is after hour work to be done.
Q: When you are unavailable is another knowledgeable attorney available?
A: Yes. I have three family law partners to pinch hit for me if I am not available.

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Frequently Asked Quesitons


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN CHOOSING THE ADOPTION & SURROGACY LAW CENTER AS YOUR ATTORNEY.

Finances

Q: What is the average cost of the adoptions you have handled?
A: They range on average from $1,000 to $4,000 and vary greatly depending on the adoption. Contested cases can run much higher.
Q: Do you bill by the hour or charge a flat fee?
A: Both. It depends on the type of adoption.
Q: Do you require a retainer fee? If so, how much?
A: Yes. Again it depends on the type of adoption and estimated fees and costs.
Q: What happens to my retainer if the adoption is not completed?
A: We refund any unused retainer. We only take out the amount for actual accrued fees and costs.

Qualifications

Q: How long have you handled adoptions?
A: Since 1989.
Q: How many non-relative adoptions have you completed?
A; Hundreds.
Q: How many this year?
A: Dozens
Q: What percentage of your total practice is devoted to adoption?
A: Approximately 50% is devoted to adoption & surrogacy.
Q: What services do you provide?
A: All legal services that exist – ranging from representation in all types of adoptions to expert witness services to handling contested matters.
Will you actively assist me in finding an adoption situation, as well as handle the legal paperwork?
A: Yes.
Can you recommend an adoption counselor to guide me and/or the birthparents through the process?
A: Yes.

Working Relationships

Q: What is your general philosophy of adoption?
A: I favor adoptive placements while respecting the rights of placing parents to make voluntary and informed decisions. I respect my clients’ views with regard to whether they want a more open adoption or not. I do believe that acquiring as much information as possible regarding both birth parents is in the child’s best interests.
Q: Why did you get involved in it?
A: I was first exposed to adoption through a close family member being a birth mother.
Q: Do you handle open adoptions, confidential adoptions, or both?
A; Both
Q: What are your feelings about openness?
A. Personally I think ongoing contact generally is most beneficial to all involved – especially the adoptee. However, I respect the views and preferences of both placing parents and adoptive parents in that regard. In some situations – a closed placement is best for the situation.
Q: Do you see counseling for birthparents as helpful? Why or why not?
A; Yes – it usually is helpful mainly because it forces the placing parent to really focus on the placement decision and adoption plan – this can assist in determining if it really is the right direction to take. I do not believe in forcing counseling though on an unwilling placing parent.
Q: Are you available after hours?
A: Yes. The nature of adoption law is that there often is after hour work to be done.
Q: When you are unavailable is another knowledgeable attorney available?
A: Yes. I have three family law partners to pinch hit for me if I am not available.

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