San Diego, Riverside County Step Parent Adoption Attorney, Lawyer, adult adoptionStepparent & Adult Adoption Attorney, Randall Hicks

SPECIAL NOTICE: Randy and Allen (see his bio below) do their consultations (approximately 30 minutes and free) by phone or video (Zoom) - your preference. There is no need to leave your home, so no coronavirus worries. To schedule your free consultation, complete a Questionnaire so they know more about your case to give you a thorough consultation.

Hello, I'm Randall Hicks. Unlike most family law attorneys (who just dabble in adoption and do 99% divorce and child custody), I limit my practice to stepparent adoption and adult adoption, and have limited my practice to adoption for 35 years. My goal is to make step parent adoptions fast (usually only 2-4 months start to finish when the absent parent is consenting), affordable and worry-free.

I love what I do and believe I do a good job for all my clients. I am in the latter years of my career and have scaled down my law practice. While most attorneys try to appear "big time," as I've become older I'm proud of my law practice now being "small."

San Diego step-parent adoption lawyerWhen I first opened my law office 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.

Then several years ago I realized I was burning the candle at both ends. I still loved the adoption field, just not on the scale I was doing it. So I stopped arranging both newborn and international adoptions and let my staff go, and 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 focusing only on step parent and adult adoptions, and only with those cases where I believe the clients and I are a good fit. After decades of being a sole-practitioner, I brought in another attorney, Allen Hall, to work with me, who is equally dedicated to the adoption field.

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 attorneys where getting past the receptionist is impossible, I am happy to answer a quick question even for non-clients. If you are not ready to fill out the Stepparent Adoption Questionnaire to schedule a free consultation, and have a question that is not answered on the Stepparent Adoption page for your county, you are welcome to email me 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. All my cases are important to me because I know your family is just as important to you.

Adoption Attorney, Allen Hall (of counsel)

Unlike most attorneys who go straight from college into law school, Allen has had a lot of valuable life experience prior to graduating cum laude from Thomas Jefferson Law School and becoming an attorney. He served in the Air Force, then was a police officer for ten years before being injured in the line of duty and forced to retire. He began his own law practice focusing on family law and criminal law. Unlike most attorneys who never actually go to court and instead live behind their desks and do all their work behind their computer and phone, Allen is an experienced litigator who chocked up over 100 litigated matters in his first five years of practicing law.

Allen and Randy met when they were opponents in a litigated adoption case. Randy was representing the adopting stepfather and Allen was representing the objecting birth father. Randy was so impressed with Allen's representation of his client, they stayed in touch and often shared advice on their cases. At Randy's request, Allen joined the Stepparent Adoption Center and now focuses his practice on stepparent adoption. The "of counsel" designation means he can continue to operate his own successful law practice while working with Randy on Stepparent Adoption Center cases.

Allen is married and is the father of three children. His daughter has followed the family tradition of Allen and his wife and is serving in the US Armed Forces. When not practicing law, Allen is active in his church and likes to coach youth sports. If you have a question about stepparent adoption not covered on the stepparent adoption page for your county, you are welcome to email a question to When you are ready for a consultation with Allen to have him fully review the adult adoption process (laws, procedures, timetable, costs) you can complete the Stepparent Adoption Questionnaire and click "submit", and he will contact you within a few days to schedule a free 30+ minutes consultation, by Zoom or phone. Allen does all the stepparent adoption consultation and cases, and Randy does the adult adoptions (where the adoptee is 18+).

Client Reviews
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Happy family
Posted by Judy, August 20, 2022

My experience was great! Very nice I am very please. I highly recommend Mr Hicks. You will very be pleased too. Great experience.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Thank you Allen!
Posted by Anthony, June 13, 2022

Very nice and attentive and is willing to go above and beyond for you. Never once did we have to wonder what was going on with our case. He always let us know what was going on and always checked up on us. Thank you so much Allen for making my family whole.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Great communicator
Posted by Damara, July 10, 2022

Allen and his staff were super helpful.. They answered emails in an efficient amount of time and updated me when I asked. He was also nice to speak with while waiting for the court. Would recommend.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Could not be more pleased!
Posted by Kenneth, January 8, 2022

It was 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.

⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Adoption
Posted by Tim, January 31, 2021

Randy was super helpful and easy to use. This was my first experience using a lawyer for anything. He made the entire adoption process simple, informative, and as quick as possible.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Consummate Professional
Posted by Esther, January 14, 2020

Randy Hicks was the consummate professional in our Adult Adoption proceedings. Ours was a bit tricky with an overseas birth but he navigated those waters with mastery. We are thrilled with Randy . . . 

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