Avoiding Contested Adoptions & Limiting Attorney Liability

10 Jul , 2024

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Join adoption attorney Colleen Quinn as she discusses avoiding contested adoptions, protecting client’s hearts and pocketbooks, and limiting attorney liability and exposure to possible legal malpractice claims. Colleen begins by reviewing the primary ways in which adoptions may become contested which include: lack of due diligence, insufficient information obtained or sought, false information provided, incarcerated birth parent, mentally ill/drug-alcohol addicted birth parent, Indian tribe intervention under ICWA or birth parent able to claim ICWA protection, grandparent intervention cases, legal malpractice in failing to strictly adhere to statutory requirements, birth parent in active military, and breach of fiduciary duties. With these primary areas established, Ms. Quinn then discusses the associated practical considerations including financial and emotional cost to the parties, stress, risk, sufficiency of resources, negative publicity, and implications for the child.

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