Top Clarendon Hills, IL Independent Adoption Lawyers Near You

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    SmithAmundsen LLC

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Joshua Lloyd Law, LLC

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Geneva Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Geneva Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    O'Flaherty Law

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Downers Grove Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Downers Grove Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Goostree Law Group

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | St. Charles Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | St. Charles Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Robert J. Schmit Attorney at Law

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Palos Heights Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Palos Heights Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Dickinson Wright PLLC

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Law Office of Daniel D. Hinich

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Homewood Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Homewood Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Dolci & Weiland

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Oakbrook Terrace Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Oakbrook Terrace Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Kelley Kronenberg

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Law Office of Russell D. Knight

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Immigration Attorneys, LLP

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Paul Hastings LLP

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    SmithAmundsen LLC

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Woodstock Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Woodstock Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Fisher & Phillips LLP

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    SmithAmundsen LLC

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Wheaton Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Wheaton Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Ktenas Law

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Orland Park Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Orland Park Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Shelley B. Ballard PC

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

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    Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

    Independent Adoption Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Clarendon Hills, IL

Clarendon Hills Independent Adoption Information

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Find a Clarendon Hills Independent Adoption Attorney in your area

Are you considering an Independent Adoption?

Do you want to adopt a child without going through an adoption agency? Consult with a Clarendon Hills attorney experienced in arranging independent adoptions. Your attorney can work with you and the birth parents to ensure an agreeable arrangement for all.

Independent Adoptions Do Not Use Adoption Agencies

An independent adoption is also referred to as a private adoption. Not every state permits such adoptions, but a Clarendon Hills attorney can advise you on the applicable law in your case and he or she will work with you and the birth parents to arrange communication, prepare legal papers, negotiate payments to the birth mother, and assist you throughout the adoption process.

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.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it’s possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

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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