AdoptionWhen interviewing a lawyer to handle your adoption, you’ll want to ask:

  1. How long have you been doing adoption work and what percentage of your cases are adoption cases?
  2. How did you get interested in adoption law?
  3. What is your hourly rate and how often will I be billed? Will you charge a retainer?
  4. Will other people such as paralegals and secretaries be working on my case? If so, can I meet them? Will you be charging me for their time?
  5. Are you affiliated with any particular adoption agency?
  6. What types of adoption are available to me in this state?
  7. What are the financial risks and specific difficulties of the different types of adoption?
  8. Are there special rules that apply to the type of adoption I want?
  9. How long do you estimate the process will take?
  10. How much do you estimate the process will cost?
  11. What can I do for myself to keep costs down?
  12. What other professionals will I need to assist me? Home study professionals? Case workers? What will be the approximate cost of each?