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I work with mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other relatives for guardianship and adoption representation. You can depend on me to help you with all family matters. Get the help you need transitioning into the new stage of your life.

Adoption is a complex legal process. You'll need to complete several steps and procedures to achieve legal adoption. Having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can help you through this process. I have the experience with the applicable rules, statutes, and procedures that accompany the establishment of permanent parental rights.


Stepparent adoption often comes down to the child's natural parent. If that parent refuses, you'll have to present a case at a hearing to indicate why it should be allowed. When you work with me, I'll help you craft solid arguments and prepare the necessary paperwork for you.

Get help obtaining guardianship

Stepparent adoption services

    Guardianship is a temporary termination of parental rights. It is often sought for a child

    of another family member and can be established through consent of a natural parent,

    or it can be hotly contested. Some reasons for it include:

  • School registration

  • Extended parental absence such as working abroad

  • Parental incapacitation such as illness or disability

  • Unfit parent due to alcoholism, drug abuse, or other concerns

Discuss your case with our dedicated attorney during a FREE initial consultation.

I will listen to your needs. You'll get exceptional service and reliable information when you come into the office. Let's discuss your case no matter how simple, complex, or otherwise challenging it may be.


Get comprehensive legal support through adoption