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Mark Richard Iverson

Adoption Attorney at Spokane, WA

4.8   62 reviews
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  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 22 years
    Washington - WA 35 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    75%
    Adult, Agency, Foster Care, International, Private, Step-Parent Adoptions.

    36 years, 1,563 cases

  2. Guardianship
    25%
    If you are interested in learning more about a guardianship, please contact Mark R. Iverson for a free one half-hour consultation

    36 years, 500 cases

ADOPTION LEGAL SERVICES FOR WASHINGTON AND IDAHO. CALL FOR FREE CONSULTATION.

Mark R. Iverson is a Fellow in the American Academy of  Adoption Attorneys and a member of the National Council For Adoption. A 1985 graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law, Mr. Iverson is married and has three adopted children.
 
Mr. Iverson is licensed to practice in the states of Washington and Idaho, providing legal services for adoptive families in the following areas:  Step Parent Adoption; Private Adoption; International Adoption; Agency Adoption; Adult Adoption; and Foster Care Adoption.

 

In addition, Mr. Iverson handles guardianship matters.

 

To meet with Mr. Iverson for a free one half-hour consultation, call or toll free at .

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2021,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2021 2019 2018 + 6 ...
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

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Mark R. Iverson, P.S. Adoption & Guardianship Legal Services

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  62 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by Katey | June 18, 2010
birth-mother review
I placed a child for adoption through Mark Iverson. He was very helpful and compassionate in assisting me to find a loving family that I liked and could trust to raise my child. He was accomodating in every way and always made time to answer every question and address every concern. I chose to keep in contact with the family who adopted my baby and recieve letters and pictures from time to time and occaisionally get to visit with them. I am still very pleased and confidant with my decision and with the wonderful family that adopted my son.
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Posted by Terri & Greg | May 18, 2010
Quality work, great personality, we always recommend Mark!
We have used Mark Iverson's legal services for adoption finalizations since 2004. We have adopted 10 children and find Mark to be professional and informative throughout the adoption finalization process. Mark is sensitive to birth parent as well as adoptive parent issues. Mr. Iverson is well known & recommended throughout the foster care/adoptive parenting system here in Spokane because he is very helpful, instructive and his fees are reasonable. We recommend Mark to everyone we know in need of adoption legal services. We have NEVER had anyone come back disappointed!
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Posted by Stevie | June 24, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We are so thankful we found Mark.
We were looking for an attorney to help with an adoption. I found Mark on Google and gave him a call. I can say I do not regret it. They were so nice, responded fast, they were caring, on top of things, and they made the process stress free which was amazing. I would highly recommend them.
Posted by Deanna | April 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adult adoption
The adult adoption process with Mark and Sarah (paralegal) was very quick and efficient. They are very responsive to messages and thorough with instructions. The whole process was complete in just a couple of weeks. My daughter and I are thrilled. I can’t recommend them high enough.
Posted by Kristina | December 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job
It was so easy working with Mark & his team on our relative adoption. All we did is sign a few things online & met him on day of finalization. They worked great with Washington Health & welfare, Price is unbeatable. Mark also made it fun for our whole family. Thanks again Mark & your fabulous assistants
Posted by Amanda | September 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Mark Iverson is amazing. We started our adoption journey in February and adopted our son in June. Thanks to Mark and his team everything really did go smoothly. He answered every question we had and never once made us feel like we were wasting his time or asking dumb questions. He is passionate about his job and truly cares about his clients on both sides.
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Posted by Andrew | May 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you so much
Wow, what a scary experience adoption can be. Mark and Sarah Iverson made things so easy on us. We got matched in late October and by end of January we were bringing our baby girl home. Adoption and Surrogacy Services got all the paperwork for two states done quickly and efficiently. They were available nights and weekends if needed and gave great advice as they lead us through this awesome time in our life. Thank you both for everything.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldnt have asked for a better team!
Wasn't sure what to expect. Mark and his team made the adoption process very enjoyable. We contacted his office after a family friend spoke very highly of him. Would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking for an adoption attorney.
Posted by Melissa | March 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark and Sarah are amazing!!!
Myself and children went through a very bad domestic violence situation with my ex-husband and after over two years of court proceedings, it is finally over. My ex signed over his parental rights voluntarily and the man that has been raising my kids for the past two years chose to adopt them. The kids and I had been through a lot with my ex and having John (my fiancé) was everything they ever needed in a father and friend. They never received that kind of love or care from their biological father and it was truly a blessing that things worked out like they did. Mark and Sarah were so helpful and caring during this process. They did have to deal with a very "difficult" and volatile opposing attorney but did so professionally. This adoption process took longer than expected for several reasons, especially since my children are enrolled Native American. We are so thankful to Mark and Sarah for all the times they went above and beyond for our family. It was so great meeting them in person at the courthouse after having retained them nearly a year prior! I would highly recommend Mark Iverson and really want to commend Sarah Iverson for her professionalism and courteousness during the adoption process.
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Posted by Tony | March 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
The office of Mark R. Iverson was personal and professional as we worked toward the adoption of our two new daughters.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Team!
Mr. Mark Iverson and his team were incredibly helpful during what could have been a stressful situation. They were kind, professional, and handled us with care as they walked us through the adoption process. Every question that we had was answered clearly and in a timely manner. Sarah was incredible as well! We are very thankful for everything that was done for our family!
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Posted by Brian | May 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent adoption experience
Mark Iverson and his associates were so helpful in the adoption of our son. We could not be more impressed with their assistance from day one until the adoption was finalized. His associates were at the hospital the day after the birth to help us gain guardianship. From there, the group was communicative and guided us until the legal process was completed. Most impressively, Mr. Iverson and his group were able to finalize our adoption during the pandemic and actually got us in with the judge much quicker than we expected. We have nothing but good things to say about Adoption and Surrogacy Services of Spokane.
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Posted by Sandy | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A knd, caring attorney
Mr. Iverson made the entire adoption process so smooth and easy. From start to finish it took 3 1/2 months. He answered all my questions, and thought of things I didn’t. He also made adoption day so special for Izaak. He is a fabulous person, and a very experienced and capable attorney, and I have no hesitation in recommending him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great adoption experience
Mark and his team handled our adoption quickly and effectively and did a great job of keeping us informed of every step along the way. Mark's paralegal Christine was awesome and responded to our questions at any hour.
Posted by Gwen | May 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kinship adoption
Adopting your own grandchildren could really only happen in situations that are emotionally wrenching. Ours were placed with us 2 1/2 years ago in what we had hoped for their sake and the sake of our whole family, would be a temporary situation. When it became apparent that it wouldn't be possible for them to be returned to their biological mother, our own daughter, we went to Mr. Iverson and his staff for help. Throughout the process, they were extremely kind and supportive, providing guidance and patiently answering all of our questions through the entire process. Today, we are a forever family, and with our extended crew of family and friends, are overjoyed to have established permanence for these amazing kids in a safe and loving environment.
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Posted by Ashley | April 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption of my baby boy
From the very first meeting with Mark in October 2018, I knew Christopher Michael would be considered my son every where in the world in no time. Mark made the process for adopting him easy and smooth. He was always kind and supporting with our case and made sure the process was stress free. Thank you Mark for everything, we look forward to doing this again in 2021.
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Posted by Michelle | March 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark Iverson helped me adopt my Grandson
Mark Iverson made the adoption experience very special for us. I wish he was able to really get to know the families he is helping, as I am sure he would like to. Mark is someone who visibly loves his job, and loves helping families in their adoption. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Pam | December 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Blessed!!
Mr. Iverson and his office are amazing!! They were able to instruct/assist me every step of the process of adoption, being patient and explaining if I needed more clarity. I felt very comfortable working with Mark and he will be working with alot of my friends as well.
Posted by Tylene | November 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great with kids!
Mark Iverson was great to work with. He was really great with talking to the kids and involving them in the adoption process. He also involved them in the court hearing which was really special to the kids. Mark Iverson makes it fun and very memorable for the whole family.
Posted by Don | October 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with!
Mark led us through the adoption process with ease when many others were unsure of what to do. We tried to get a paralegal to prepare all of the documents to save some money, mistake! That was a waste of time and money. When Mark and his team got on the case it got done right.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Mark R. Iverson, P.S.
  • 1988 - Present

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Eastern Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • John Doe and Jane Doe I v. John Doe I
  • The Supreme Court affirmed termination of rights

Associations

  • National Council For Adoption
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lead Counsel Rating in Adoption Law
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Adoption Attorney
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Rated BV - Very High in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Harper Award
  • Foster Parent Association
  • 2012
  • Volunteer Youth Attorney of the Year
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • 2012
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • cum laude
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 1988
  • Thomas More Scholarship Gonzaga Law School
  • Gonzaga Law School
  • 1986
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Publications

  • Spokane/CDA Woman
  • Building A Family Through Adoptioin
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Guardianship 101
  • Guardianship
  • 2018
  • Second Annual CPG CE Conference
  • Guardianship
  • 2015
  • Foster Adoption Process
  • Foster Adoption Process
  • 2012
  • WSBA Juvenile Court Section
  • Uniform Parentage Act
  • 2011
  • Prince of Peace Church
  • Adoption Process
  • 2011
  • East Central Community Center
  • Adoption Process
  • 2011
  • 2010 Inter-County Guardianship Guardian Ad Litem Training
  • Alternatives to Guardianship
  • 2010
  • Year-end Potpourri CLE
  • Adoptions and Step-Parent Adoptions
  • 2006
  • October Bar Luncheon
  • Title 11 GAL Training
  • 2004
  • Make Peace, Not War: A Collaborative Approach to Family Law
  • Family Law
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Mark
Adoption Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I consider Mark Iverson to be an authority in the area of adoption. I have been his opponent and I can say he is a formidable foe. Still, I would easily recommend him, even to my own family."
Adoption Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is the most respected and competent adoption attorney in this area. I have practiced in family law for 19 years and refer all of my adoption cases to Mr. Iverson."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mark is a consummate professional and can be trusted in his work. He is easy to work with, allowing for effective communication and negotiation outside of the courtroom when appropriate and keeping argument in the courtroom where it belongs. He is a very busy attorney as his reputation and years of experience make him a popular guy for adoption and guardianship, but his relaxed style of communication gives respect to the importance of each matter that he handles. In Mark's work it is obvious that he cares about the families of the cases that he is involved in."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Mark is a terrific person and has an accomplished reputation in this community."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a very thorough attorney and easy to work with. His years of experience have provided him a wealth of knowledge. He is trustworthy and approachable. He cares about the parents and children he works for and is respectful of the families he works with."
Adoption Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Iverson is the most well versed adoption attorney in the Spokane area. He is the most familiar with issues relating to the Interstate Compact as well as the Indian Child Welfare Act. Mr. Iverson processes the highest volume of adoptions in this area and is well repected by his peers. No other attorney in this area has Mr. Iverson's experience or knowledge of adoption law."
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Spokane Adoption Lawyer Mark Richard Iverson
Mark Richard Iverson
Adoption Attorney
Spokane, WA
Licensed for 35 years
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