As November is National Adoption Month and we handle adoptions in Florida, we thought this month would be a great time to share information about adoption. One question we are often asked is if the services of an adoption lawyer are necessary to complete an adoption. The most honest answer: although you are not required to retain an attorney for your adoption, there are many reasons it is a good idea. Here are the top three.
1. An Adoption Lawyer Can Handle Any Legal Issues
It would be great if all adoptions were simple and straightforward, however, that is rarely the case. In fact, the paperwork required for a successful adoption varies depending on the circumstance, type of adoption, and age of the person being adopted. Not only can your adoption lawyer handle the paperwork, but they also know where and when to file the paperwork. They also answer any questions from the courts prior to their finalizing the adoption.
2. They Know the Law
You have likely heard stories about nightmare adoption situations. An experienced adoption lawyer knows adoption law. They know what you should and cannot pay for regarding the birth mother. There are also times when they help a couple who feels they are being discriminated against. Although having an attorney is an expense, they may prevent you from making a costly mistake.
3. Expedite the Process
Assuming you already identified the child or children you are looking to adopt, your adoption lawyer can help move the process along more quickly. This is especially true when you hire an experienced adoption attorney. Not only do they know the process, but the necessary paperwork, court schedules, and often even the judges.
Looking for an Adoption Lawyer? Contact Wagstaff & Pitelis
Although most adoption attorneys will handle your legal issues, work to expedite the process, and know the law, we also help you understand the process. We will ensure that you are ready for the questions the judge will ask in your court appearances. It is our hope and goal that your adoption goes smoothly and as quickly as possible based on your unique circumstances. Having an attorney on our team that has also adopted provides a level of personal experience as well. If you need an adoption lawyer in Clearwater or the surrounding areas, call us today at (727) 584-8182 or fill out our contact form.