Are You Adopting a Child Under the Hague Adoption Convention?
If you are considering adopting a child from another country and bringing the child to the United States, meet with a Wellington Hague adoption attorney who understands the Hague Adoption Convention and can help you best prepare for the challenges of international adoption.
The Hague Adoption Convention
The United States is signatory to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The Hague Convention set up standards on intercountry adoptions to safeguard the interests of children. These protections will apply in cases of international adoptions where the child’s nation of origin is also signatory to the convention. The adoption must comply with both the U.S. law and the laws of the child’s native country.
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.
Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation
- Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
- Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney’s experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
- Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
- Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.
How to Find the Right Attorney
- Determine the area of law that relates to your issue. Attorneys specialize in specific practice areas around legal issues within the broad field of law.
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- Set up consultation appointments to get a better understanding of your case as well as gauge your comfort level with different attorneys. Find the attorney who is the right fit for your needs.
Common legal terms explained
Affidavit – A sworn written statement made under oath. An affidavit is meant to be a supporting document to the court assisting in the verification of certain facts. An affidavit may or may not require notarization.