“ Steve and Renee were great to work with! Very professional and realistic. Gave no false expectations or predictions. They communicated everything to us in a timely manner. We will definitely use them again if ever needed! Thank you, Steve and your team! “
“ For my family law case, Steve Smith had a very strong presence and was dominant in the courtroom. The manner in which he carries out cases is something you see in the movies. He was really animated and passionate about my case. His military background is a big asset, and he really helped me out. I would highly recommend him. “
“ We hired Leah M. Baldacci for a family law case and she was so extremely helpful and got me through my case. She’s very professional and takes the time to listen to her clients. She’s a wonderful advocate and a fantastic attorney. If you’re looking for a great attorney, I recommend Leah. Thank you so much for your legal help. “
“ I’ve hired Steve for two cases, and I am very pleased with my decision. He fights for his clients and strives for the best outcome. His entire staff is pleasant and wonderful to work with. “
“ I hired Steve for a parental rights case involving my 2 children. He was aggressive but supportive and did not file unnecessary motions that wasted my retainer. I was terrified of court, but with his experience, I felt at ease. The process was explained, and his staff was great as well. I would hire him again if needed and received a great outcome with an order that works for me and my children. “
Handled my Parental Rights Case with Ease
Many individuals feel called to adopt children into their families. In Maine, spouses or unmarried persons jointly, or an unmarried person individually, whether a resident or nonresident of the state of Maine, may petition to adopt a person. In addition, the adoptee does not need to be a minor child.
A Family Law & Probate Trial Lawyer will help you file a Petition for Adoption in the Probate Court.
A Petition for Adoption must include the following:
After the filing of a Petition for Adoption of a minor child, the Court will request a background check and will direct the Department or a licensed child-placing agency to conduct a study and make a report to the Court. The study must include an investigation of the conditions and antecedents of the child to determine whether the child is a proper subject for adoption and whether the proposed home is suitable for the child. If the petitioner is a relative of the child or the spouse or domestic partner of the child’s parent, the Court may waive the requirement of a study and report. The Court may appoint a Guardian ad Litem at any point in the proceeding.
The Court may interview any adoptee, but it must interview an adoptee that is 12 years old or older to determine the adoptee’s attitudes and desires about the adoption and other relevant issues.
The Court will grant a Final Decree of Adoption if it finds, among other things, that the adoption is in the best interest of the adoptee. In determining the best interest of the adoptee, the Court will consider:
An adoption may not be delayed or denied because the adoptive parent and the adoptee do not share the same race, color, or national origin.
Our Family Law & Probate Trial Lawyers will help you navigate the complicated adoption procedure and represent you throughout the adoption process to help you grow your family.
I received a copy of my son's appeal prepared by Carl E. Woock. I cannot tell you how relieved I am to read this appeal.…
Has a ton of experience. Knows the court and the other attorney which should be helpful.
He is a wonderful attorney, and I definitely recommend him. Thank you very much for your help & support, Steve!
Contacted me promptly & provided professional & extremely useful info which allowed me to have a better understanding of the legal context of the issue.
A+, very helpful & understanding. I'm sure he could've charged much more. I will go to him again if I ever have a legal issue.
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