Stepparent Adoption & Adult Adoption Attorney
SPECIAL NOTICE: Randy does his consultations (approximately 30 minutes and free) by phone. There is no need to leave your home, so no coronavirus worries. To schedule your free consultation, complete the Stepparent Adoption Questionnaire
NEW COURT OPTION: Due to Covid-19, the Los Angeles County Superior Court now has an option where the adopting parent, spouse and child no longer need to go to court for the final hearing. So most stepparent adoptions can be done with you never needing to go court. This new procedure is made possible by the attorney knowing the special procedures and having the adopting family notarize specific documents waiving the hearing. This accomplishes the court's goal of keeping people safe and not have to go to a busy courthouse during the pandemic.
Hello, I'm Randall Hicks and I'm an adoption attorney. I focus on step parent adoption and adult adoption. Unlike most family law lawyers (who just dabble in adoption and do 99% divorce and child custody), I limit my practice to stepparent and adult adoption, and have limited my practice to adoption for 33 years. My goal is to make both step parent adoptions and adult adoptions fast, economical and worry-free. Stepparent adoptions are usually completed in three to four months start-to-finish when the absent parent is consenting, and adult adoptions even faster. (If the child you are adopting is age 18 or over, this is an adult adoption: please click here.)
I love being a stepparent and adult adoption lawyer and believe I do a good job for all my clients. Every client gets my home office number as well as my cell phone number, so I can be reached quickly if urgently needed. I am in the latter years of my career and have scaled down my law practice. While most attorneys try to appear "big time," as I've become older I'm proud of my law practice now being "small." When I first opened my law office in Orange County right out of Pepperdine Law School, I was a one-man office. I did everything. Me and only me. And I loved it. As years went by, I was fortunate to become successful. My staff grew, I expanded to include an international adoption program in Ukraine, as well as multiple offices, and I wrote several popular adoption/parenting books that were featured on The Today Show and CBS This Morning, as well as other national TV shows that are no longer on the air, like Sally Jesse Raphael, John & Leeza from Hollywood, Mike & Maty and The Home Show. I hosted the 1991 PBS series, Adoption Forum. My daughter and I just co-authored a new novel, The Girl Without a Face. It's funny, insightful and empowering. If you love to read I hope you will check it out.
Then several years ago I realized I was burning the candle at both ends. I still loved the adoption field, just not on the scale I was doing it. So I stopped doing what had been a big part of my practice - newborn and international adoption - and let my staff go, and have reverted back to how my law practice was when I first started out . . . when I actually enjoyed it the most, personally knowing each client and having plenty of time on each case, and doing all the work myself. I keep things small by limiting my practice to stepparent and adult adoptions, and only to cases where I believe the clients and I are a good fit. I think I must have the most narrowly defined adoption practice imaginable.
Since I do all the legal work myself you deal only with me, with the exception of a receptionist to answer incoming calls. Although I have several offices (since my legal focus is so narrow, I need to work over a multi-county area), each office is simply an office within a suite, where there is a shared receptionist, thus keeping my costs down, which in turn lets me keep my fees low. Unlike many attorneys where getting past the receptionist is impossible, I am happy to answer a quick question even for non-clients at the numbers below, or at Randy@StepparentAdoptionCenter.org. On the personal side, I have two children (now adults) and I'm proud they are brave people contributing to the world. (My daughter is a teacher in Asia, and my son an aspiring filmmaker.) The highlight of my life has been raising my children and watching them grow up. I'm sure for you with your family, it is the same. It would be an honor for me to help you formalize your family through step parent adoption or adult adoption.
(Reviews from Avvo.com)
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Amazing experience
Posted by Ashley, January 3, 2019
From the very beginning, and every step of the way, Randy was absolutely amazing. His knowledge, professionalism and efficiency were spot on, and his individualized service was much appreciated. This whole experience was life changing, and we will be forever grateful to Randy for his dedication to helping our family.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Flawless execution!
Posted by David, January 2, 2019
Randy handled the adoption of my son. It was absolutely flawless and worry free. He was upfront and kept us informed every step of the way. Highly recommend his service. Thanks again Randy!
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Excellent attorney!
Posted by Katelin, December 9, 2018
Randy is an excellent attorney! He was very informative every step of the way through our adoption process. Explained everything in detail and returned all my emails and phone calls right away! I highly recommend him for anyone wanting to start the adoption process. We are very happy we chose him!
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Step Parent Adoption
Posted by Danielle, April 16, 2018
Randy is the best in the business! Randy was very thorough about the process and steps we needed to take for our adoption. He made everything as smooth as possible and was always in touch if we had a question or concern. We are very happy we . .
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