California adult adoption and adult stepparent adoption attorney

Step parent adoption attorney, randall hicks

Hi, my name is Randy Hicks. As an attorney I limit my practice to adoption and have done so for 34 years. I particularly focus on step parent adoption and adult adoption. My goal is to make both stepparent and adult adoptions fast (only a few months start to finish), affordable and worry-free.

Home of the Flat Legal Fee

I understand you want to know in advance what your adoption will cost, so I have a flat fee of $1,500 for adult adoptions (this is when the person or stepchild being adopted is 18 or older), and $2,500 for most stepparent adoptions (the stepchild is under  18). Most family law attorneys charge you hourly, so you have only a vague idea what the final cost will be. Unlike other attorneys, my flat fee even includes the court filing fee and my office costs.

It's easy to get started…

STEP ONE: Read about the type of adoption you wish to do: adult or stepparent. (If you don't live in Los Angeles County and instead live in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino or San Diego County, please click here for information about those counties.) If you still have questions after reading Randy's summaries, you are welcome to call him and he will be happy to answer a question or two. For a full consultation, however (about 30 minutes), you need to first fill out a short questionnaire, which gives him the needed details about your case to fully advise you. There is no charge for the consultation and you can do it by phone or video (Zoom) so no need to leave your home or office.

STEP TWO: After your consultation, if you elect to go forward, Randy will email you his short and simple retainer. Unless your case has a non-consenting absent parent, or other special legal challenge, it will specify his flat fee of $2,500. Each stepparent adoption requires an agency investigation which is $700, $64 fingerprinting fee for the adopting parent, and the court filing fee is $160. My flat legal fee includes the filing fee, so your total cost will be $2,500 + $700 + #64 = $3,264.

STEP THREE: Upon receiving your retainer, within 3-4 business days, Randy will have the Adoption Request  and required attachments prepared and emailed to you to sign and return to him, at which time he will file it with the court and the process begins. He will continue to work with you until he appears with you in court to finalize the adoption, usually approximately 2-3 month later. Due to Covid issues the Los Angeles County Superior Court can now grant your adoption without you personally appearing.