God makes families in many ways, and one of those ways is through adoption. Helping families cement their ties through the legal bond of adoption is one of the most joyous things an attorney can be privileged to do.
Legally, even a simple adoption requires a relatively complex procedure. Every “I” must be dotted and every “T” crossed, “just so.” This is because the right of a parent to be a parent to their child is a basic, fundamental liberty which can only be removed through the most stringent of legal processes. In even an uncontested case in which the known biological parent is voluntarily relinquishing parental rights, an independent attorney or certified adoptions social worker must personally meet with the individual and certify that they understand the specific rights they are giving up. Additionally, a neutral guardian ad litem must conduct and independent investigation and make a recommendation that the proposed adoption is, indeed, in the best interest of the child. The paperwork requirements are detailed and specific.
While I am in favor of empowering my clients to retain as much control as possible over their own lives, adoption is one area in which I believe it is important to have the assistance of legal counsel at every step. The consequences of a “botched” adoption are simply too severe to take a chance on anything being done improperly.
I realize that adoption is expensive for many families, especially since more than one professional must be involved. I am committed to providing cost effective legal services that middle class families can afford. The way I seek to save money for my clients is by working as efficiently as possible and by using appropriate professionals who are also committed to the same principles of working cost-effectively and helping families achieve their personal and legal objectives. Additionally, I offer payment plans and accept credit card payments.
To learn more about my services for adoption, please call 803-414-0185 or fill in the contact form.