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Randall Bruce Hicks

Adoption Attorney at Sherman Oaks, CA

5.0   167 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1986
    Status
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About Randall

Learn Randall’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Adoption
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    Focusing on stepparent adoption and adult adoption. Thirty-two years practice limited to adoption.

    38 years, 1,200 cases

Randall Hicks limits his practice to stepparent adoption and adult adoption. He has dedicated his law practice to adoptions for 37 years. He has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is rated "preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating (achieved by only 10% of all attorneys in the US).

 

Virtually all other attorneys doing stepparent and adult adoptions are family law practitioners, meaning 99% of their practice is likely divorce and child custody. Because Randy does nothing but adoptions, he believes he can do them better, faster, and less expensively. Most importantly, his approach is very personal as he understands the importance of the creation of a family and had dedicated his professional life to that one goal.

 

His Stepparent Adoption Center features a flat legal fee of only $2,250 for adult adoptions (adopting a person or stepchild age 18 and over) which includes all legal documents and the final court hearing, even the court filing fee and his office costs. Stepparent adoptions of a minor child (under age 18) are a flat legal fee of $2,500. This includes not only the usual work associated with the adoption (preparing all the needed legal documents, preparing the absent parent's consent and requesting their consent and the final adoption hearing. Extra legal fees can occur in a stepparent adoption (of a minor child) if the absent parent can't be found or won't consent as extra legal proceedings would be required. Randy also completes the paperwork to generate an amended birth certificate for the adoptee, naming the adopting parent or stepparent as one of the birth parents, and changing the child's name as desired. Amended birth certificates can also be created in adult adoptions.

 

Thanks to a change in the California Family Code in 2017, most attorneys don't know that stepparent investigations can now be done by a private adoption agency, not just the county entity. This means that the typical time to complete can be reduced to about 3-4 months, rather than 12 - 15 months when done by the county. (Adult adoptions do not require any home study or investigation so are usually faster.)

 

Randy is the author of several leading adoption books, most recently STEP PARENTING: 50 One-Minute DOs & DON'Ts for Stepdads & Stepmoms and ADOPTING IN AMERICA: How To Adopt Within One Year (for adoptive parents planning a traditional adoption, revised edition 2018). Randy's books, and their focus on ethical and affordable adoption, have been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and on television programs like CBS This Morning, The Home Show, Mike & Maty, Leeza Gibbons, and Sally Jessy Raphael. Randy was also the host of the 1991 PBS educational series, Adoption Forum.

 

For information about stepparent adoption, please visit . For adult adoption, please visit . He has offices in Riverside, San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties. His initial consultation is free and typically takes about 30 minutes to fully explain the stepparent or adult adoption process to you. He does his consultations by video (Zoom), so you don't need to take time off work to travel to his office.

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Location

Los Angeles County office:
15260 Ventura Blvd
Suite 1200
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403
Riverside County office:
11801 Pierce Street #200
Riverside, CA, 92505
San Diego County office:
4025 Camino Del Rio South
Suite 300
San Diego, CA, 92108
Orange County office:
2030 Main Street
Suite 1300
Irvine, CA, 92614
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Reviews

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Posted by Candace | March 31, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Very Best Adult Adoption Lawyer
Randy did an awesome job in the adoption of my Brother and I. We are beyond pleased with our experience with Randy.. He truly is excellent at what he does and is an Amazing Lawyer. We can't thank him enough for the ease and expediency in this wonderful process. If you're looking for an Adoption Lawyer who's honest, efficient, affordable and makes the process easy, We highly recommend to put your trust in Randy! Thank you Randy! From The Frost Family
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Response from Randall Hicks April 12, 2024
So kind of you, Candace! I really appreciate the kind words. Best wishes to you and your wonderful family.
Posted by Wayne | February 6, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolute concise professional from beginning to end
Randall (Randy) caught my eye while researching adult adoption in my area of Los Angeles County. I had bookmarked his page almost a year ago awaiting the proper time financially and emotionally for my family to begin this process. Randy was very clear in his communication, the process involved my son, he answered any questions my fiancee had as well as my son. He let us know how the entire process was going to work from Start to Finish, when to expect things to start rolling, and when things will be finalized.. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Randy and I'd highly recommend his services. It was flat rate upfront, and other than reading legal documents and validating all information was correct. The process did not involve a large effort on our behalf time wise. All of the information and documents were explained and presented in a way where they were easily understandable by my son and myself. If you're considering going through the adult adoption process I would highly recommend working with Randy.
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Posted by Robert | November 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Review
We hired Randall for an adult adaption and he ushered us through the process in perfect fashion. He filed all papers and motions on time, kept us informed every step of the way and advised us as to how the process worked. We’re very satisfied with his work.
Response from Randall Hicks November 21, 2023
Big thanks, Robert, for taking the time to write this review. It was a great pleasure to work with you. Thanks and best wishes.
Posted by Mark | November 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adult adoption
Mr. Randy Hicks was extremely helpful throughout our entire adult adoption process. He was thorough and informative throughout every step of the way. He was always very professional, and kept us up to date along every step of the way. I would definitely highly recommend his services.
Response from Randall Hicks November 16, 2023
Hi Mark and thank you. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with you and your family. Wishing you a wonderful future.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Client
Randy did a great job of communicating with us regarding the adoption process, completed the court documents promptly and we received a court date promptly after the documents were completed.
Response from Randall Hicks November 6, 2023
It was my pleasure to work with you! And thanks for taking the time to write a review. Best wishes.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Randy was informative, kind and timely. All of our proceedings were handled exactly as he said they would be. Very reliable.
Response from Randall Hicks November 6, 2023
Thanks so much! It was my pleasure.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Adult Adoption Lawyer
My son turned 18 and my husband (stepfather) wanted to adopt him and give him his last name. We contacted Randy and had a consultation. In the consultation he walked us through the whole process of an adult adoption. It was clear and easy. We hired him as our lawyer. He did all the work and in 3 short months my son was officially adopted. We are very happy that we are all officially a family.
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Response from Randall Hicks November 3, 2023
Thanks so much for the nice review. It was my pleasure to work with your and your very nice family. Best wishes!
Posted by Mike | July 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very smooth process
Mr. Hicks did all the work allowing me to complete an adult adoption. The process was extremely easy and very quick. He is definitely an expert in this field.
Response from Randall Hicks July 13, 2023
Thank you, Michael. It was a great pleasure to handly your adoption. Best wishes to you.
Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adult Adoption
Randy was an incredible help with getting our adult adoption completed. He met with us, explained the process, answered all of our questions, and was able to walk us through the complex name updates we were hoping to submit along with the adoption. I was a foster child growing up and met my forever dad in my college years while on a study abroad trip in Colombia. After more than 15 years of unconditional support and friendship, Randy enabled us to become father and daughter--officially making us family. Words do not suffice to express our gratitude. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Response from Randall Hicks May 31, 2023
Thank you for the nice review! Yes, I remember completing your case last year. Having the adopting parent located in Columbia tends to stick in my memory! (:
Posted by robert | April 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent adult adoption attorney
Randy navigated us through the complete process of adopting our adult daughter without a flaw. He has the background and experience to carry out such a task with ease.
Response from Randall Hicks April 15, 2023
Thanks so much, Robert! I greatly appreciate the very nice words. Sincere best wishes to you and your family.
Posted by Julia | March 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest Lawyer you can count on.
My family are truly blessed to have hired Mr. Hicks as our attorney for our Adult Adoption. He was kind, genuine, and knowledgeable about the process. Mr. Hicks kept our family updated on the process. This was my family first time working with a lawyer, and we had a great experience. I would highly recommend Mr. Hicks services.
Response from Randall Hicks March 28, 2023
Thank you, Julia! It was a pleasure to work with you and your family. Best wishes.
Posted by Julia | December 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!
Mr. Hicks was very professional and easy to work with. Communication went smoothly and he always replied in a timely manner. We would use him again if ever needed.
Response from Randall Hicks March 28, 2023
Thank you for your nice words. Greatly appreciated! Best wishes to you and your family.
Posted by Dave | December 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney for Adoptions
We contacted Randy Hicks to help my husband adopt our daughter legally. Randy made the process so easy. He arranged a video conference with us and explained the process in detail. We decided to hire Randy. The entire process took about one month. He gave us the option of attending court by video conference. The judge agreed! We couldn’t be happier with the entire process.
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Response from Randall Hicks December 17, 2022
Thanks, Dave! Yes, it's always great when we can get it all done so quickly. But you had a role in that, being great and prompt clients! Best wishes.
Posted by Gina | September 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adult Adoption Success!
We started the process of adopting our adult niece on July 11, 2022. Our court date and finalization of the request was completed on August 31, 2022. While people may not realize the importance of document preparation and proper filing, those are the 2 places legal things usually are hung up by. Six weeks from start to finish is a rapid pace in the legal world! We are grateful for Randy's expertise and professionalism. It was a worry-free experience with a huge bonus at the end! I highly recommend Randy!
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Response from Randall Hicks December 17, 2022
Hi Gina, thanks so much for taking the time to review my services. And thanks for your kind words. It was a great pleasure to work with you as well.
Posted by Theresa | September 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick adoption process!
He helped us with our adult adoption in 2 months time, everything went smoothly. He was always willing to help us out with questions and was a call away. He is professional, kind and intelligent. Thank you Randall!
Response from Randall Hicks December 17, 2022
Thanks so much, Theresa. It was so nice to work with your and your family. Thanks for the nice words. I appreciate them very much.
Posted by Louise | August 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adult adoption attorney Randy Hicks
We weren’t sure what to do, needed an adult adoption attorney and couldn’t find one. Then I found Randy Hicks. Fast. Efficient no price changes. Kept us informed. All completed in 4 months. Would have been sooner but the judge left with no replacement so we had to wait for a judge. Thank you Randy. You have helped make a happy family
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Response from Randall Hicks August 23, 2022
Louise, thanks so much for the nice words. I enjoyed working with you as well!
Posted by judy | August 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy Family
My experience was great ! Very nice I am very pleased . I highly recommend Mr Hicks. You will very be pleased too. Great experience
Response from Randall Hicks August 23, 2022
Thanks, Judy! I enjoyed working with you. Best wishes!
Posted by Dennis | August 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Appreciate Randall Hicks' excellent effort and results
Randall is what I would call the perfect barrister. We went into this engagement fully informed about the procedures, requirements and timings and achieved the perfect results as expected. Randall provided the knowledge, guidance and leadership to ensure all details were met and the best schedule kept to gain the desired result.
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Response from Randall Hicks August 18, 2022
Thank you so, so much for the nice words, Dennis. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Posted by Chris | August 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Experience
We had a superb experience working with Randy. In fact, I cannot imagine how it could have gone any better. He showed tremendous compassion for our situation in our initial zoom meeting. He demonstrated a high level of patience as we worked through the legal paperwork that at times was very unfamiliar to us. When an unexpected expedited court date became available, he made sure that everything was in order even though he was unable to attend personally that day. I would recommend Randy without hesitation to any family going through the adoption process.
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Response from Randall Hicks August 18, 2022
Chris, thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. It was wonderful working with you and your family.
Posted by Shyla | May 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, knowledgeable and kind
We are genuinely grateful for the adoption expertise we had with Randy. He was very professional, prompt and kind throughout. We did an adult adoption with our former foster daughter who resides out of state. All went smooth. I highly recommend his services if you’re looking for an adoption lawyer!
Response from Randall Hicks June 10, 2022
Thanks for the very nice words. I enjoyed working with you!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole practitioner
  • Law Offices of Randall Hicks
  • 1993 - Present
  • Partner
  • Nunez and Hicks
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Sole Practitioner
  • Law Offices Of Randall Hicks
  • 1988 - 1992
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Christian Van Deusen
  • 1986 - 1987
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Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • MA - Masters
  • 1980
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Bridget and Lucy R.
  • Appellate court ruled for adoptive parents
  • In Re Wanomi P.
  • A case won in the California appellate court
  • Jinny N. v. Superior Court
  • Adopting mother/petitioner won in appellate court

Associations

  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • Member - Membership Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member (A+ rating)
  • 2017 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • Co-Chairperson, Technology
  • 2020 - 2022
  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - 2023
  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • 1994 - 2004
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 1992 - 2016
  • Orange County Adoption Council
  • Treasurer
  • 1988 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Author Award
  • City of Los Angeles, American Business Women's Association
  • 2006
  • Best Debut Mystery Novel (for The Baby Game)
  • Editors of Mystery Ink
  • 2005
  • First Place - Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition
  • ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
  • 1985
  • First Place - F. Lee Bailey National Moot Court Award
  • National University
  • 1985
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Publications

  • Orange County Lawyer Magazine
  • How to Terminate Parental Rights
  • 1994
  • Resolve National Newsletter
  • Selecting an Adoption Attorney
  • 1993
  • Orange County Medical Association
  • The Role of the Physician in Adoption
  • 1989
  • Orange County Psychologist
  • The Psychologist's Role in Adoption
  • 1988
  • Physician Assistant
  • Alternatives in Adoption
  • 1988
  • The Female Patient
  • Alternatives in Adoption
  • 1988
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • How to Handle Adoptions in Orange County
  • 1988
  • Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal
  • Requiem for a Parody
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • Resolve Adoption Seminar
  • How to adopt
  • 2008
  • CBS This Morning
  • legal issues in adoption
  • 2008
  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, practice seminar
  • Adoption
  • 2002
  • Mike & Mady Show (NBC)
  • legal and emotional issues in adoption
  • 1997
  • The Home Show (Family Network)
  • legal issues in adoption
  • 1996
  • North American Council for Adoptable Children (NACAC)
  • adoption
  • 1996
  • John and Leeza from Hollywood (NBC)
  • legal issues in adoption
  • 1996
  • Adoption Forum (PBS)
  • Educational TV series on adoption
  • 1991
  • Orange County Adoption Faire
  • Adoption
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (17)
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Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Hicks. He has years of experience, a great reputation in the legal community, and a keen knowledge of how to maneuver a case successfully through the Court system. In addition, Mr. Hicks shows a compassion for his clients. It is clear he truly cares about the families he assists in their legal matters."
Adoption Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Randy Hicks on several matters and have always found him to be very knowledgeable and easy to work with. My area of practice does not involve adoption law, and it is nice to have a "go to" guy when I need help."
Adoption Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Randy is an outstanding attorney and adoption advocate - for many years he has produced the book :"Adopting in America - How to Adopt Within One Year" - about to come out in its sixth edition - to assist families in becoming parents. He is a true adoption advocate. As the immediate Past-President of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys - I am honored to know and endorse him."
Adoption Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Randy is a smart, ethical, and competent attorney. As the published author of a definitive guide to adoption, he can be counted upon for accurate advice, as well as prompt communication and vigorous representation."
Adoption Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Randy is smart, responsive and detail-oriented. He practices adoption law with the highest of ethics. Perfect attributes for an adoption attorney."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Every time I have worked with Randy, I have found him professional, caring and ethical. I highly endorse him."
Adoption Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Hicks on adoption matters between his state (CA) and mine (NJ). As an adoption attorney myself I found him extremely easy to work with, totally responsive and available, and highly ethical. I was also impressed by the care and concern he had for his clients."
Adoption Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without qualification. I have worked with him on a number of matters and each has been handled extremely well, in a professionalo, efficient, and caring manner."
Adoption Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Randy off and on for years, and have always found him to be knowledgeable, conscientious and ethical."
Adoption Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Randy for many years while practicing in the area of adoption law. He has vast experience handling many types of adoption cases, including intercountry adoptions and re-adoptions. I recommend him without hesitation."
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