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Agency Adoptions

The services of an attorney are not required in agency adoptions, but you may feel better having the advice and guidance of an Austin 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.

What sort of issues can I seek legal help with?

Specialized legal help is available for most legal issues. Each case is unique; seeking legal help is a smart first step toward understanding your legal situation and seeking the best path toward resolution for your case. An experienced lawyer understands the local laws surrounding your case and what your best legal options might be. More importantly, there are certain situations and circumstances - such as being charged with a crime - where you should always seek experienced legal help.

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.

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

Affidavit - A sworn written statement made under oath. An affidavit is meant to be a supporting document to the court assisting in the verification of certain facts. An affidavit may or may not require notarization.

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Court Locations in Austin, TX

Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse - Civil Division

1000 Guadalupe St.,Austin,TX78701
Phone: (512) 854-9244

Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center

509 W 11th St.,Austin,TX78701
Phone: (512) 854-9676

Austin Municpal Court

700 E 7th St. ,Austin,TX78701
Phone: (512) 974-4800