What is the procedure in Virginia for a stepparent to adopt his or her stepchild?
What is the procedure for adopting an adult?
Do I have to involve an adoption agency to complete my adoption?
What is the difference between a parental placement adoption and an agency adoption?
How do I access adoption records?
At Slaven Law Group, there are few cases we enjoy more than adoption cases. Most are very happy, long-awaited occasions for the clients. Although in some cases an adoption may be "contested" - in that at least initially a birth parent refuses to consent to the proposed adoption - many can be resolved without protracted litigation. Many stepparent adoptions may fit into this category. Adult adoptions are even more streamlined. Regardless of the type of adoption, all procedures in Virginia adoption cases are quite technical. This is to ensure that parental rights are respected and appropriately addressed; and so that certainty and finality can be obtained for all parties involved. We have the experience and commitment to help your family navigate this area of law so that you can bring closure and completeness to your family.
I am worried about my elderly parent; how do I become his or her legal guardian so that I can make decisions on his or her behalf?
Can I simply rely on a power-of-attorney instead of a formal guardianship?
If I become legal guardian, do I need to move in with that person or move them into my home?
What if not all family members agree on who should be appointed as guardian?
When through accident, illness or age, a person's capacity to care for him or herself is diminished, it is important for family and loved ones to step forward and assist. It can be overwhelming to take on that role, especially where the needs are many and constant. Virginia's Circuit Courts have jurisdiction over guardianship and conservatorship proceedings for adults with such needs. The proceeding may be initiated by any concerned relative or friend, or by a public agency, such as Social Services. The role you take on as guardian and/or conservator can be limited or comprehensive depending on the situation. The goal is to enable a family member or loved one to gain legal recognition of their commitment to serve the disabled individual. It allows the person appointed to make binding decisions for the individual, including regarding day-to-day care arrangements, medical treatment and living arrangements. It generally replaces and takes priority over any power of attorney instrument. The conservatorship appointment empowers the appointee to manage the financial affairs of the disabled person.
We are ready to answer any of the above questions for our clients, as well as many more, while assisting their efforts to better care for their family member or loved one.