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Randall Bruce Hicks

Adoption Attorney at Riverside, CA

5.0   154 reviews

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    Focusing on stepparent adoption and adult adoption. Thirty-two years practice limited to adoption.

    36 years, 1,200 cases

Randall Hicks limits his practice to stepparent adoption and adult adoption. He 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). He has dedicated his law practice to adoptions for 34 years and is a member of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers. 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 $1,850 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'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 StepparentAdoptionCenter.com. For adult adoption, please visit RandallHicks.com. 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 steppparent or adult adoption process to you. You can elect to do this by phone or video (Zoom), so you don't need to take time off work to travel to his office.

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Licensed for 36 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 08/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Randall

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
Los Angeles County office:
15260 Ventura Blvd
Suite 1200
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403
Orange County office:
2030 Main Street
Suite 1300
Irvine, CA, 92614
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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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Posted by Theresa | September 5, 2022
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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!
Posted by Louise | August 21, 2022
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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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Posted by judy | August 20, 2022
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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
Posted by Dennis | August 14, 2022
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| 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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Posted by Chris | August 9, 2022
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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
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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!
Posted by Ed | May 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent adult adoption attorney!
My wife and I just completed an adult adoption using Randy as our attorney. We found him on the internet, questioned him via email, and decided to retairn his services. He sent us all the forms to sign and notarize, then spoke with us via Zoom. We began the process at the end of January 2022 and the adoption was finalized on May 3, 2022. Randy was aware of all the changes in court procedure due to COVID, and was a pleasure to work with. He is one of the nicest guys I ever did business with. He gets my highest recommendation!
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Response from Randall Hicks May 13, 2022
Thank you so much Ed. It was a great experience to meet and work with you and your family.
Posted by Leah | May 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Highly recommended for Adult Adoption! Attorney Randy is undoubtedly very good in his profession. Very responsive to questions and concerns regarding the case and most of all - he makes the process so easy. In just 7 weeks, we got the superior court order's approval to our Adult Adoption case.
Response from Randall Hicks May 13, 2022
Thank you so much, Leah. Yes, I'm always thrilled when we can finalize an adoption so quickly. It was wonderful to work with you and your family.
Posted by Delany | April 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
Randy did an excellent job with our step parent adoption. He was friendly, responsive, very thorough, and his fees were fair. We are extremely grateful and truly appreciate him. Thank you Randy!!!!
Posted by Dan and Delany | April 10, 2022
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Mr. And Mrs.
Our adoption process started at the beginning of covid, so it took a great deal longer than expected due to the courts. Randy was awesome throughout the whole process and kept us updated on a regular basis. Randy has been great and we are so glad he helped us through this incredible journey!! Thank you Randy!!
Response from Randall Hicks April 10, 2022
Thanks for the kind words, and a double review! From both husband and wife so extra meaningful to me. Much appreciated.
Posted by Nicholas | January 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer experience. Ever.
Shakespeare famously wrote, "First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" in one of his plays. In Randy's case that would have been a grave injustice! I hired Randy to help with a rather complex adult adoption of three of my step children. At every step of the process, Randy was clear about what we needed to do, transparent about his fees, instructive about what would happen and when, and I could tell he genuinely believed in the service and value he provides people. I appreciated his clear, simple fee structure - I interviewed other lawyers who charged me $100 for just making an appointment, and a couple hundred dollars an hour just to speak with me about the *prospect* of helping me. So it was really refreshing when I found Randy. He supported us up through the actual adoption hearing and beyond. I would absolutely recommend that, if you are considering an adult adoption, you speak with Randy. Bonus points for the fact that he introduced and helped to pass the law in California that allows for people to have more than two legal parents - paving the way for folks like me to be able to become a legal parent without having to add me at the expense of another parent.
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Posted by Kenneth | January 8, 2022
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Could not be more pleased!
It is a pleasure to deal with a man who does what he says he will do. On budget and on time. Mr. Hicks is a most pleasant man very professional and easy to converse with.
Posted by Carolyn | January 7, 2022
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Highly recommended!
From the start of our consultation up to the date of our court appearance, everything was done efficiently by Randall. We are very satisfied with the way he processed our adoption case.
Posted by Paul | June 21, 2021
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Excellent from A to Z
Randall took care of all the details in a very professional manner. He anticipated our concerns and explained thoroughly what the sequence of events would be.
Response from Randall Hicks June 22, 2021
Thank you Paul! Much appreciated.
Posted by jill harris | June 18, 2021
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It's Official, I have a BOY.....!!!!!!
At 36 years old my SON, came to be and asked if we could make "IT" legal... I have always thought of EVAN as my son, so to me, I never brought it up. We contacted Randall to discuss and "adult adoption".. He was so very kind, understanding, and very knowledgeable. He took care of everything, which made it very easy especially during Covid - We would definately recommend Randall Hicks
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Response from Randall Hicks June 22, 2021
Jill, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I greatly enjoyed working with you and your son.
Posted by ROCHELLE | May 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
We were thrilled with Randall Hicks
Everything went smoothly and professionally, we could not be happier. He contacted us with every detail and it was a pleasure to work with him. We highly recommend him and wold definitely use him again. He made everything effortless and easy.
Posted by Rita | May 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic service
Randy Hicks is efficient, personable and a pleasure to work with. He made my daughter's adoption so easy and kept us well informed at every step in the process, being ready with prompt and accurate answers to any questions. I would definitely recommend him for any adoption action desired.
Response from Randall Hicks May 20, 2021
Thank you so much, Rita! Much appreciated.
Posted by Janet | May 8, 2021
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Adult adoption
Randy is a phenomenal attorney! Especially, handling our case during COVID! We just wrapped up the case and it went smoothly! He is a super guy and a trusted attorney!
Response from Randall Hicks May 20, 2021
What a nice compliment! I greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
Posted by Catherine | May 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Adult Adoption
My partner and I raised a young man, however, due to the times, I was unable to as a gay couple. 30 years later, I wanted to officially call this young man “my son.” I contacted Randy Hicks and the entire process was seamless. Given the pandemic, Randy was tasked with additional work. His explanation of the court documents, and other paper work left no question on how to proceed. Randy is gifted with people skills and expert knowledge of the law.
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Response from Randall Hicks May 20, 2021
I really appreciate the nice words, Catherine. It was my pleasure!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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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

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
  • Co-Chairperson, Technology
  • 2020 - Present
  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • Member - Membership Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member (A+ rating)
  • 2017 - Present
  • Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • 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

Awards

  • 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
  • The Female Patient
  • Alternatives in Adoption
  • 1988
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • How to Handle Adoptions in Orange County
  • 1988
  • Physician Assistant
  • Alternatives in Adoption
  • 1988
  • Orange County Psychologist
  • The Psychologist's Role in Adoption
  • 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

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Given (17)
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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