The adoption process can sometimes be stressful and confusing. However, it can also be an exciting experience because you are welcoming a new member to your family. You are bound to face a few challenges here and there while going through the process.
It doesn’t matter whether you are doing the adoption process independently, using an agency, or proceeding through international adoption, each type comes with its own challenges. It is up to you to choose a method that is a bit fast and less stressful.
But whatever method you decide to use, it is always important to hire a qualified and experienced adoption lawyer. There are many adoption lawyers and it can be difficult to tell which one can do a good job.
Here are some of the questions to ask your adoption lawyer:
Ask about adoption lawyer’s educational background and qualifications
The first meeting with your adoption attorney is an opportunity for you to interview him and ask other questions other than the ones concerning the case. Ask your attorney about his or her educational background and qualifications. This will help you to know if he or she is the right person for the job or not.
It is important to note that not all attorneys specialize in adoption law. Some lawyers have the habit of taking up cases that they haven’t specialized in. By asking them such questions, you will get to know the truth in advance.
What type of adoptions does the lawyer handle?
You also need to ask the lawyer the type of adoption cases that he or she normally handles. Find out what type of adoptions he or she deals with. Is it confidential adoptions, open ones, or both of them? In case he deals with open adoptions, what level does the lawyer prefer?
It is important to have this kind of information early so that you all read from the same script from the start through to the end. You don’t want a situation where the attorney backs out of the case in the middle because he or she didn’t understand all the details of the case from the start.
What is your response rate?
Adoption is a stressful and emotional process that requires someone with a listening ear. That’s why it is good to find a lawyer who is willing to listen and support you throughout the adoption process.
You need to ask him or her during the interview if you will be dealing with him directly or through a legal assistant. Also, find out his or her average turnaround time. This will help you to know if the lawyer is reliable or not.
What is your track record?
This is one of the most important questions that should not miss on your list. You need to know how much experience your potential attorney has when it comes to handling adoption cases.
How many adoption cases has he or she handled in the past five years? For how long has he been dealing with adoption cases? How many cases have been successful?
In other words, you don’t want to hire someone who has just graduated from law school and is green on some adoption issues. The answers to these questions should be the ones that will help you decide whether to hire him or not.
How much will the adoption case cost?
There’s no doubt that the cost of the adoption case will be one of the things in the back of your mind during an interview with your potential attorney. It is not good to assume the cost because some lawyers may have hidden charges that you are not aware of.
Ensure you find out all the details such as how they bill, do they charge an hourly or flat rate, do they need some advance payment among others.
In a nutshell, adoption can be an exciting and challenging experience at the same time. One of the best ways of making the process smooth and seamless is hiring a qualified and experienced lawyer.