The firm handles adoptions matters with care.  An adoption should be a time of happiness and excitement for families. Adoption petitions in Maryland are rule specific and it is important to work with a knowledgeable attorney who can help you understand all of the legal requirements. We will guide you through the process of adopting a child whether through an adoption agency, private placement, or step-child adoption, including terminating the rights of the natural parents and changing the child’s name. If you have a step-child, we can advise you on the legal reasons why you should consider adoption.

The firm also handles guardianship situations with care.  There are two types of guardianships in Maryland: guardianship of the person and guardianship of the property. If a person is unable to make important decisions for his personal care or his property and finances, a judge appoints a guardian to make those decisions for him. Someone appointed to make decisions about medical care and other aspects of his personal life, such as where he should live, is called a “guardian of the person.” Someone appointed to decide about property and finances is called a “guardian of the property.” If both types of guardians are needed, a court may appoint the same person to do both. Decisions made by the guardian have the legal backing of the court.
We advise clients on the need for Guardianship, assist you in a petition to the court to obtain Guardianship, advise you of your role and obligations as Guardian if appointed and assist you with the annual reporting requirements to the court.