Independent Adoption Lawyer | Serving Mansfield, TX
Our firm has consummated the adoptions of over 300 children. As adoptive parents, we are uniquely situated to understand the complexities of this process, and joy it brings.
Kellye is licensed to practice law in all Texas State Courts. Ms. Hughes focuses her practice on cases involving abused and neglected children. She has been lead counsel on more than 2, 000 cases and has participated as lead counsel in several jury trials. As part of her dedication to the practice of law and training of lawyers, she frequently speaks at continuing legal …
Do you want to adopt a child without going through an adoption agency? Consult with a Mansfield attorney experienced in arranging independent adoptions. Your attorney can work with you and the birth parents to ensure an agreeable arrangement for all.
An independent adoption is also referred to as a private adoption. Not every state permits such adoptions, but a Mansfield attorney can advise you on the applicable law in your case and he or she will work with you and the birth parents to arrange communication, prepare legal papers, negotiate payments to the birth mother, and assist you throughout the adoption process.
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The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.
The more experienced a lawyer is in legal practice, the more likely he/she will be able to bring about a successful resolution to your issue. Since experience matters, lawyers who've been practicing law for many years (with a successful track record) tend to be in high demand. You should look for information about a lawyer's experience and ask questions during the initial meeting. It's a very good idea to ask the lawyer how many years he/she has been practicing law and the expected outcome of your case.
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