As we continue to navigate these challenging times, the safety and well being of our clients, employees, families and friends remains our top priority. To that end, as an essential business to the individuals and families we serve, we are reaching out to share important updates on steps we are taking to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, while continuing to serve you with as minimal disruption as possible.

We want to ensure our clients and friends that our law firm is operating without material impact of the health concerns in that we have had in place advanced technologies that allow us to continue to provide excellent legal services while attorneys and staff operate remotely, to avoid in-person meetings in all cases where that is possible. We will continue to provide consultations and conferences via telephone and/or internet conferencing when needed. We will continue to provide all the excellent legal services that our clients and friends have come to expect!

Please do not hesitate to call us if you have concerns or are in need of legal assistance. We pray for the health, peace and provision for all of our clients, employees, friends and family as we “weather the storm” together.

How Much Should I Expect to Pay in Adoption Attorney Fees?

Adoption Attorney fees will vary based on the type of adoption you have and the services that the attorney will have to provide. This should be discussed in detail with your adoption attorney, as often your attorney may not be able to give you a definite set fee because of the variables in your adoption legal proceedings.

However, your attorney should be able to give you their hourly rate, an estimate of costs that you will have to pay, and an estimate, or estimated range, of the attorney fees. For example, it is usually much less expensive for your attorney to finalize an adoptive placement you received through an adoption agency, as opposed to the attorney navigating you through an interstate adoption placement.

Your attorney should have a clear fee agreement with you which sets forth all of your agreement with your attorney as to the fee, such as the attorney’s hourly rate, paralegal rate, what costs you will be billed for (copying costs, facsimile costs, postage, process server, etc.), is there a retainer (an amount that you pay in advance of the attorney providing legal services, which amount the attorney will draw from for your monthly bills), is the retainer refundable, etc.

In certain adoptions, such as SWAN or county child protective services, there may be adoption assistance or subsidy available to reimburse your attorney fees.

Birthparents typically do not pay any attorney fees as these are paid by the adoptive family.

We strive to give our clients the best possible estimate of their expected fees based on their particular case, and are usually able to stay within that estimate barring unforeseen circumstances, as we have done so many cases that we have a good sense of what is needed.