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San Francisco Agency Adoption Information

Agency Adoptions

The services of an attorney are not required in agency adoptions, but you may feel better having the advice and guidance of a San Francisco agency adoption attorney who can explain the adoption laws in your state and assess your risks and the potential costs of the adoption process.

Differences Between Public and Private Adoption Agencies

Agencies that arrange adoptions can be private or public. A private agency is supported by private funds; a public agency is part of the state social service agency. Most public agencies handle only special-needs adoptions - not infant or international adoptions. Children in the custody of a public agency were either abused, neglected, or abandoned by their birth parents.

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.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney's experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

Points to Consider Before Hiring a Lawyer

Experience. Regardless of the type of legal matter you need help with, an experienced attorney will usually be able to get you better results.

Competence. Determine an attorney's expertise by asking about their track record for the issue you need help with resolving.

Fit. There are plenty of good attorneys out there; make sure you find one you are comfortable working with.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.

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Court Locations in San Francisco, CA

Civic Center Courthouse - Superior Court of California

400 McAllister Street,San Francisco,CA94102
Phone: (415) 551-4000

Hall of Justice

850 Bryant St. ,San Francisco,CA94103
Phone: (415) 551-4000

Superior Court of California - Criminal Courts Division

850 Bryant St. ,San Francisco,CA94103
Phone: (415) 551-4000