The process of adopting a child is one of the most fulfilling, yet emotional, journeys you will take during your lifetime. Like most journeys, the road to adoption can be difficult to navigate and may be riddled with obstacle. The key to successfully navigating the path to adoption is to have an experienced Texas adoption attorney on your side. Like many people in your position, however, you may have no idea where to begin in your search for the right adoption attorney. After all, an adoption attorney is not someone you have likely worked with in the past. Ultimately, only you can decide which adoption attorney is right for you and your needs; however, the following five tips for finding the right adoption attorney may help you in your search.
- Be clear about what/who you need. This may sound like an obvious tip; however, people often begin the search for an attorney without being clear, in their own head, what they need beyond needing an attorney. Any attorney with a license to practice law in the State of Texas can, in theory, represent you in an adoption. Just because an attorney can, however, doesn’t mean he/she should. Adoption is a specialized area of family law that requires a thorough knowledge of the issues involved. Just as you would not go to a general practitioner if you had a heart problem, why would you go to an attorney who has a “general law practice” if you need someone who is knowledgeable about a specific area of the law. Likewise, you would not see a podiatrist for a heart problem, you would treat with a cardiologist. Therefore, don’t hire a lawyer whose practice is focused on criminal law or corporate law to represent you in a family law matter.
- Seek referrals. A referral is often the best possible way to locate the right attorney for your needs. Talk to friends and family and let them know you are looking for a good adoption attorney. You might even want to ask co-workers if they happen to know an experienced adoption attorney. If you prefer to keep your plans to adopt private for now, you might be able to get a referral from someone in a local adoption support group.