Stepparent Adoption & Adult Adoption Attorney, Randall Hicks
• 34 years of experience - practice limited to only adoption cases.
• 100+ five-star client reviews and the highest rating on Avvo.
• Rated AV "preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating and achieved by only the top 10% of attorneys nationwide.
• Five-star Yelp and Google ratings.
• A+ BBB rating.
• Member of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers (ACAL).
• Leading author on adoption and stepparenting.
• Profiled on Wikipedia as an attorney and author.
SPECIAL NOTICE: Randy does his consultations (approximately 30 minutes and free) by phone or video (Zoom), whichever you prefer. There is no need to leave your home. To schedule your free consultation, complete the online Questionnaire for either Stepparent Adoption (of a child under age 18) or Adult Adoption (a stepchild or person 18+).
NEW COURT OPTION: Due to Covid-19, the Los Angeles County Superior Court now has an option where the adopting parent and adoptee no longer need to go to court for the final hearing. So most stepparent and adult adoptions can be done without you ever 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.
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 34 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 usually only take 1-2 months.
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)
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Adoption
Posted by Tim, January 31, 2021
Randy was super helpful and easy to use. This was my first experience using a lawyer for anything. He made the entire adoption process simple, informative, and as quick as possible.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Great attorney
Posted by Michael, January 10, 2021
Randall did a great job handling the adoption of my adult son. I recommend him highly.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Great lawyer
Posted by Jessica, December 26, 2020
Randy is an excellent attorney. He went above and beyond! He made sure we understood clearly the process of our stepparent adoption. He was very organized, communicative, kind, easy going, helpful and thorough. He made sure we had a pleasant experience through all the court process, I couldn’t have had it better. Thank goodness we found him.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Great experience
Posted by Marta, October 11, 2020
I had a great experience with Mr. HICKS. He is very responsive and professional. I highly recommend him.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Consummate Professional
Posted by Esther, January 14, 2020
Randy Hicks was the consummate professional in our Adult Adoption proceedings. Ours was a bit tricky with an overseas birth but he navigated those waters with mastery. We are thrilled with Randy - don't hesitate one minute in seeking out his expertise. We highly recommend his expert lawyering!
15260 Ventura Blvd, Suite 1200 • Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 • (818) 582-2374