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Raleigh 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 Raleigh 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.

How an Attorney Can Help

An attorney can often resolve your particular legal issue faster and better than trying to do it alone. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, while avoiding costly mistakes or procedural errors. You should seek out an attorney whose practice focuses on the area of law most relevant to your issue.

Top Questions to Ask a Lawyer

  • What is the usual process to resolve my case? How long will it take to resolve this?
  • What are likely outcomes of a case like mine? What should I expect?

An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

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 Raleigh, NC

Wake County Courthouse

316 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 792-4000

Court of Appeals of North Carolina

1 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 831-3600

Supreme Court of North Carolina

2 E Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 831-5700