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San Fernando Valley Adoption Attorney

The legal processes for both adoption in the family courts and guardianships in the probate courts can be complex. Additionally, since both issues involve children, there can be intense emotions and a desire to do what is in their best interests. In some cases, a guardianship or adoption involves the passing away of a parent or parents, or their inability to care for the children. It can involve both custody of the child and guardianship over his or her inherited estate or finances until the age of 18. In other cases, there may be an emergency situation involving abuse or neglect.

No matter what the circumstances, it is important to discuss your individual circumstances and options for adoption or guardianship with an experienced attorney.

Comprehensive And Ongoing Representation

I am Robert Howell, an attorney dedicated to helping clients with adoptions and guardianships. Through my law firm, the Law Offices of Robert L. Howell, I offer sound advice and skilled legal representation to clients throughout Southern California and the Inland Empire.

Adoption

With more than 11 years of experience, I am prepared to handle domestic, stepparent and grandparent adoptions. My personal experience with the adoption process, one child through the foster care system and another through a stepparent adoption, inspired my legal career.

As your attorney, I will help you through the extensive paperwork involved with the adoption and be a liaison for the social worker's evaluation and report to the courts. It takes from six months to a year to finalize the adoption process.

Guardianships

I handle guardianship matters that pertain to children, including drafting the initial petition, reviewing required documents and helping with annual case reviews by the court. The guardianship application process requires a significant amount of paperwork, and I will manage it all on your behalf. I will also be your advocate during the court-appointed attorney's case evaluation.

The initial process takes about six months, with a review every year thereafter. I can represent you on an ongoing basis to ensure the initial application is correct and that the proper accountings are filed every year.

Contact Attorney Robert L. Howell

To discuss your case with a dedicated Studio City lawyer for adoption and guardianships, call me at 800-836-4976 or send an email using the online contact form. There is no cost for the initial, 30-minute consultation. Evening and weekend appointment times are available upon request.

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Law Offices of Robert L. Howell
13263 Ventura Blvd #103
Studio City, CA 91604
Toll Free: 800-836-4976
Fax: 818-849-5562
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