Top Calumet City Adoption Lawyers Near You

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Genie Miller Gillespie, Attorney at Law

Adoption Lawyer | Serving Calumet City, IL

312-332-6339

Legal Help... Before, During and After Adoption.

In 1993, I helped my first family join together through the process of adoption. It was a joyful and life-affirming experience. For more than 20 years, I've been helping children and parents build and grow their families through adoptions, guardianships and assisted reproduction. Whether you are hoping to adopt for the first time, or you want to bring a sibling home to …

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Rhonda L. Rosenthal, P.C.

Adoption Lawyer | Serving Calumet City, IL

Free Consultation

815-200-4791

Working with Families in Crisis
Handling All Types of Family Law Matters and Probate Court Issues Including Guardianships for Disabled Adults & Closing Estates

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Law Offices of Kevin Saville

Adoption Lawyer | Serving Calumet City, IL

Free Consultation

312-263-4225

Divorce Lawyer With Over 20 Years’ Experience, Certified In Mediation & Collaborative Law!

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Calumet City Adoption Information

Are you Considering Starting or Expanding Your Family Through Adoption?

If so, this is an important time in your life. When people wish to start or expand their family but are unable to have children on their own, adoption can be a great option. Adoption is the legal process a person or a couple goes through to obtain all rights and responsibilities in caring for a child. While adoption may seem simple, a skilled Calumet City adoption attorney can help you make the right decisions for your family.

Different Types of Adoption

There are many types of adoption and different ways of adopting a child. Whether you choose a closed adoption where you and the birth parent(s) remain confidential or an open adoption where you are in contact with the birth parent(s) will be up to all parties involved. Adoptive parents also have the option of adopting children inside the United States or Internationally. Adopting a child of a different ethnicity is also very common. Many states allow same-sex couples to adopt as well.

Best Time to Seek Legal Help

No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff - a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment - A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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