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Hi

We are wondering when in the adoption process do we need to contact a solicitor?


Thanks in advance.


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Usually when you are applying for the adoption order.....earliest is a few months after placement.


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Unless something exceptional is happening such as birth parent contesting, which is unusual, you have no need for a solicitor. I don't know anyone who has neede a solicitor


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"Unless something exceptional is happening such as birth parent contesting, which is unusual, you have no need for a solicitor. I don't know anyone who has neede a solicitor"


Indeed- its rare, for example if BPs ask for leave to contest. LA will usually pay for one in most circumstances where needed.


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Well once my children were settled, my LA told me to contact a solicitor, to apply to the courts for the adoption order. They said that they would start writing up their end of things as there is a time limit on the paperwork within which the court expects them to repond, and also also said they would pay the fees ( but I know adopters elsewhere have had to pay for the solicitor themselves)

We are in Scotland but I didn't think it would be that different to E and W. Surely someone has to do the legal side, maybe worth asking your sw.....


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"We are in Scotland but I didn't think it would be that different to E and W."


Ah, maybe that is the issue. We (sassenachs) applied for the AO and then the legal dept of the LA did the court stuff. Now if only we knew whether Tiggs-Hamish was in Scotland........


Apologies for the incorrect advice Tiggs.


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we just fill in a form and send it on either to the court directly, if the SWs are being slow about it, or to the SWs for the LA to do their bit and sorted (sort of) no need for a solicitor


hmm Tiggs Hamish, name has a slight air of north of the border about it,


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We adopted in England and had to find a solicitor to put the AO in, funded (just about!) by the LA. I'm unqualified to comment on the Scottish/ English difference I'm afraid, but I understood it as just a process decision by our LA to fund us to find a solicitor rather than having to take up time from their in-house legal team to review the application.


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I definitely think the legalities are different in Scotland and I have read from others in the past that adopters need a solicitor in Scotland. The difficulty with this and many forums re adoption is the majority of users are English which has a very different system than other parts of the UK and advice tends to be very English based. When asking specific questions re procedures, legalities and systems it is probably best to indicate what part of the UK you are in to get more relevant replies.


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In Scotland you definitely need a solicitor in Scotland to get an AO - usually funded by the LA...and there is one practice in Scotland that handles almost all adoption cases.


I thought you would also need one in England, but am less sure of the system there....


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Thanks for all the comments and advice. Yes we are north of the border.


We know someone who is a lawyer and able to assist us so will contact them regarding it adoption closer to the time required.


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T-H - can I recommend that instead of using someone you know, you do use the adoption specialist solicitors - they know the process and it makes the whole thing run far more smoothly. If you want the details, PM me - they are Glasgow based.


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Like Bop, I can vouch for the firm she is referring to, they were very good and things went very smoothly, and they kept us well informed during the legal process for our second child.. We had used a different firm for our first child, and they were ok but a few delays as they didn't do so many adoptions and they were unused to dealing with cross border stuff ( ds1 had been freed for adoption in England)


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Hi Bop & Pingu


We were advised by a couple we met not to use the company of solicitors in Glasgow as they weren't as thorough as the solicitor they used.


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No need to be thorough, it's just all one big play to give the birth parents their day in court. How many children have been settled in adoptive placements to be removed and given back to birth parents just before the adoption order? I've never heard of one case!


The only thing important is not to end up with a contact order and to stay relaxed as nothing will happen.


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I'm surprised to hear that TH. I must admit its 9 years since we used them and at the time knew of various couples going through the process and the experience with them was nothing but positive. They had an extremely effective protocol that ensured things went really smoothly, which was unlike the experience of couples who used inexperienced solicitors.


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We've just had AO granted with the Glasgow firm and all went extremely well. We had waited to appoint a solicitor due to delays in other areas, but as soon as they were involved everything went very smoothly and quickly. They know their stuff when it comes to adoption.


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