San Diego, Riverside County Step Parent Adoption Attorney, Lawyer, adult adoption

Adult Adoption lawyer, Randall Hicks

Hello, I'm Randall Hicks and I'm an adult adoption attorney. Unlike most family law lawyers (who just dabble in adoption and do 99% divorce and child custody), I limit my practice to adult adoption and stepparent adoption, and have practiced adoption law exclusively for 33 years. My goal is to make adult adoption affordable, fast and worry-free. (This page is dedicated to giving you information as an adult adoption lawyer. To learn about stepparent adoption if your stepchild under age 18, please click here.)

I love what I do and believe I do a good job for all my clients. In addition to my office numbers, every client gets my home office number as well as my cell phone number, so I can be reached quickly if urgently needed. I am in the latter years of my career and have scaled down my law practice. While most lawyers try to appear "big time," as I've become older I'm proud of being an adoption lawyer whose law practice is "small."

Randall Hicks Adoption Attorney, adoption booksWhen I first opened my adoption law practice right out of Pepperdine Law School, I was a one-man office. I did everything. Me and only me. And I loved it. As years went by, I was fortunate to become successful. My staff grew, I expanded to include an international adoption program in Ukraine, and I wrote several popular adoption/parenting books that were featured on The Today Show and CBS This Morning, as well as other national TV shows that are no longer on the air, like Sally Jesse Raphael, John & Leeza from Hollywood, Mike & Maty and The Home Show. I hosted the 1991 PBS series, Adoption Forum.

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Then several years ago I realized I was burning the candle at both ends. I still loved being an adoption attorney, just not on the scale I was doing it. So I stopped doing both domestic newborn and international adoptions. The "smaller" me also let my staff go, and I have reverted back to how my law practice was when I first started out . . . when I actually enjoyed it the most, personally knowing each client and having plenty of time on each case, and doing all the work myself. I keep things small by now limiting my practice to adult adoptions (and stepparent adoptions).

Since I do all the legal work myself you deal only with me, with the exception of a receptionist to answer incoming calls. Although I have multiple offices (since my legal focus is so narrow, I need to work over a multi-county area), each office is simply an "executive suite" where there is a shared receptionist, thus keeping my costs down, which in turn lets me keep my fees low. Unlike many adoption attorneys where getting past the receptionist is impossible, I am happy to answer a quick question about adult adoption, or step parent adoption even for non-clients at the numbers below, or at

On the personal side, I have two children (now adults) and I'm proud they are brave people contributing to the world. (My daughter is a teacher in Asia, and my son an aspiring filmmaker.) The highlight of my life has been raising my children and watching them grow up. I'm sure for you with your family, it is the same. I would be honored to be a part of enriching and strengthening your family via adoption. Please contact me if I can be of assistance.

If you are planning a stepparent adoption, please visit my Stepparent Adoption Center. To plan an adult adoption, please click here.

Client Reviews

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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Amazing experience
Posted by Ashley, January 3, 2019

From the very beginning, and every step of the way, Randy was absolutely amazing. His knowledge, professionalism and efficiency were spot on, and his individualized service was much appreciated. (Read full review with link below.)

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Stepparent adoption
Posted by Danielle, April 16, 2018

Randy is the best in the business! Randy was very thorough about the process and steps we needed to take for our adoption. He made everything as smooth as possible and was always in touch . . . (Read more.)

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Wonderful experience in a hard situation.
Posted by Matthew, October 12, 2017

Randall Hicks is an amazing attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable and doesn't miss a beat. Randy is kind and understanding. He had time for every question, and knows this is one of the most exciting and stressful times in our lives. (Read more.)

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Excellent lawyer.
Posted by Nicole, September 28, 2017

We hired Randy to help us with a stepparent adoption and we are so amazed with the integrity, hard work, dedication and thoroughness that he provided to us. He really put his heart and soul into our case (it wasn't an easy one) and we are so grateful to have found someone like him (read more).

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San Diego stepparent adoption attorneyServing San Diego County

4025 Camino Del Rio S, #300
San Diego, CA 92108

Adopting a stepchild, Riverside County attorneyServing the Inland Empire

11801 Pierce St. #200
Riverside, CA 92505

Orange County step-parent adoption lawyerServing Orange County

2030 Main St #1300
Irvine, CA 92614

Serving Los Angeles County

15260 Ventura Blvd, Suite 1200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 582-2374