Top Crystal Lake Adoption Lawyers Near You

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Blacha Law Office, LLC

Adoption Lawyer | Serving Crystal Lake, IL

Free Consultation

630-283-1987

The Decision to Add a New Member to Your Family is Life-Changing. Call Monika Blacha for All of Your Adoption Needs Today

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Genie Miller Gillespie, Attorney at Law

Adoption Lawyer | Serving Crystal Lake, 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 | Crystal Lake, 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 Crystal Lake, IL

Free Consultation

312-263-4225

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

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Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake 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.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

What to Expect from an Initial Consultation

  • Seek to determine whether the attorney can represent you. There is no one-size-fits-all legal solution and it may turn out your needs are better served by an attorney in a different specialization.
  • It's important to find a legal ally who is both competent in the law and someone you can trust to protect your interests.
  • Discuss how the practice's billing works and discuss possible additional charges or fees that may arise during or after the resolution of your case.

An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.

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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