Thursday, September 12, 2019

Trial Process for an Adoption

The adoption process can feel rather tricky, especially if it’s your first time. From learning about the parental rights of the birth parents and the adoptive parents, how to work with other agents appointed by the state, and more. If you are looking for an adoption lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, Gibbons Law Firm would be honored to assist you with your upcoming adoption! Obviously the topic of adoption is very in-depth, case specific, and can happen in a number of different ways, however, there are a few things you can know about the official date of adoption that may help prepare you. We're also covering why an adoption lawyer can be so important to the process and the outcome.


Adoption Finalization in Missouri

The finalization usually occurs about six months after placement and will involve a court hearing where the judge overlooks the adoption paperwork and asks questions to determine whether the adoption is in the best interest of the child. Gibbons Law Firm can represent you as adoptive parents through the final step in your journey. From gathering paperwork, setting up the court hearing, and then being there to assist with the hearing. Here are a few things you can expect to see at the hearing:
  • Your attorney will ask you, as the parents to introduce yourself, and will provide a brief testimony to verify that this adoption should take place.
  • The attorney will ask the family to confirm for the judge that they intend to provide for the child. The judge may also ask the family some friendly questions, and invite photos to be taken.
  • When the hearing is complete, the judge will sign the decree of adoption, as well as the other papers associated with the adoption. This could include an order approving payment of living expenses to the birth mother or terminating an alleged father’s parental rights.
When the adoption is finalized, there will be an issuance of a new birth certificate.

Why Do You Need an Adoption Lawyer?

And adoption lawyer is a huge asset if you are trying to gain legal guardianship of a child who is not biologically yours. We can help file any necessary paperwork and can represent you in a court if necessary.

How Do You Know If You Need a Lawyer?

If you have never gone through adoption, or have any questions about the process, you will want to make use of an adoption lawyer as you begin the process. We will be knowledgable on the state and country-specific adoption laws and can provide the guidance that you need specific to your situation. We can also prepare you for the hearings that may be required, the MO home study, and be there to support you through any legal complications.



Family Law at the Lake of the Ozarks

Family law deals with issues arising from marriage and other domestic relationships. The cases give rise to matters that include divorce, legal separation, division of assets and liabilities, spousal support, child custody, child support, and other matters. Yet other related aspects of family law include adoptions, annulments, guardianships, paternity cases, termination of parental rights, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Gibbons Law Firm assists clients with all types of family law cases. We are committed to providing legal counseling and advice that clients need in such disputes. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today.

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.



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2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Friday, September 6, 2019

About Gibbons Law Firm

There are many reasons why someone would need a lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks. From personal injury, criminal law, or family law, it's important to find someone who you can trust. At Gibbons Law Firm, we have been engaged in private practice since 1992, and Roger Gibbons has represented numerous clients in a variety of civil, criminal, and probate cases. We have a diverse client base which includes individuals, employees, builders, contractors, homeowners, lenders, small businesses, subcontractors, municipalities, and other government entities.

If you are looking for a lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, here are just a few of our specialties.


Personal Injury Law at the Lake of the Ozarks

Personal injury law applies to claims that arise when a person has sustained injury or damage caused by another party. The cases range from those involving a motor vehicle and boating accidents, business torts, defective products, premises liability, sexual harassment and discrimination, workers’ compensation, and wrongful death.

If it is proven that another party’s wrongful conduct caused injury or damage, the injured person may be entitled to monetary compensation from the other party. Gibbons Law Firm generally represents such clients on a contingency fee basis and receives compensation only when the case is resolved.

Criminal Law at the Lake of the Ozarks

Criminal defense consists of affording persons accused of a crime with the legal protections that they are entitled to under the United States and Missouri Constitutions and the laws of this state. Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors have extensive resources at their disposal to pursue criminal prosecutions. For that reason, and because a criminal offense often carries the potential of lengthy incarceration, heavy fines, and other penalties, a favorable outcome of a criminal case often depends on representation by a qualified and experienced attorney.

Gibbons Law Firm represents clients in all types of felony and misdemeanor cases. Roger Gibbons has successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases of all types. We are committed to providing clients with criminal defense services that will ensure their rights are protected and they are treated fairly. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today.

Family Law at the Lake of the Ozarks

Family Law Family law deals with issues arising from marriage and other domestic relationships. The cases give rise to matters that include divorce, legal separation, division of assets and liabilities, spousal support, child custody, child support, and other matters. Other related aspects of family law include adoptions, annulments, guardianships, paternity cases, termination of parental rights, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

The legal aspects of family law can be highly complex and highly sensitive and emotional because of the personal nature of the disputes. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney—with the ability to listen and counsel clients, investigate and negotiate cases, to defuse conflict, and, when necessary, to litigate a case—is important to a successful outcome of a family law case.

Gibbons Law Firm assists clients with all types of family law cases. We are committed to providing legal counseling and advice that clients need in such disputes. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today.


Gibbons Law Firm at the Lake of the Ozarks

In addition to his private practice, Roger Gibbons worked for over a decade as a prosecuting attorney for the State of Missouri successfully prosecuting thousands of criminal cases of all types. In that position, he worked hard to hold persons accountable for their conduct, to protect victims and their rights, and to keep communities safe. Roger Gibbons will work hard to instill your trust in him and to obtain the outcome that you deserve.

Gibbons Law Firm is committed to prompt communications with clients during engagements, consistently providing sound legal advice, answering questions, and guiding clients through difficult legal situations. As an experienced lawyer and litigator, Roger Gibbons’ clients benefit from legal advice that is well-balanced and based on comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the law in many areas. We invite you to contact our firm to set up an appointment to meet with us about any legal issues that you may have. We will listen to your concerns and give you straightforward and honest advice.

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.



Your Trusted Legal Resource

Gibbons Law Firm
2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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