Top Guntersville, AL Closed Adoption Lawyers Near You

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  • Foxtrot Family Law

    Closed Adoption Lawyers | Guntersville Office

    Closed Adoption Lawyers | Guntersville Office

  • Gullahorn & Hare, P.C.

    Closed Adoption Lawyers | Albertville Office | Serving Guntersville, AL

    Closed Adoption Lawyers | Albertville Office | Serving Guntersville, AL

Guntersville Closed Adoption Information

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Are You Considering a Closed Adoption?

If you want to adopt a child or you want to put a child up for adoption but maintain anonymity a closed adoption is your best choice. A skilled Guntersville closed adoption attorney can help guide you through the adoption process and inform you of your rights.

Closed Adoptions Keep Biological Parents’ Information Sealed

Closed adoptions, also known as confidential adoptions, is the adoption process that allows the identities of the child’s biological parents to be kept sealed. This prevents both the adopted child and the biological parents from having any contact with each other.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney’s hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For “routine” legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff – a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment – A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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