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

37 years of experience - practice limited to only adoption cases.
160+ five-star client reviews and the highest rating of "10" on Avvo.
 Rated AV "preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell,  the highest possible rating and achieved by only the top 10% of attorneys nationwide.
 Five-star Yelp and Google ratings.
 A+ BBB rating.
 Leading author on adoption and stepparenting.
 Profiled on Wikipedia as an attorney and author.

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 37 years. 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 adult adoptions (where the person being adopted is 18+, whether a stepchild or a non-relative). My website is a popular destination for those doing stepparent adoptions of minors as well, and my website still serves them, but as you read the stepparent adoption pages you will see I direct those cases to a trusted friend of mine adoption attorney friend who previously worked side-by-side with me. Please read the very detailed and helpful information about the stepparent adoption process for children under age 18 here.

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 [email protected].

On the personal side, I have two children (now adults) and I'm proud they are brave people contributing to the world. 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.

(Stepparent or non-relative when the person being adopted is 18+)

(of children under age 18)

Client Reviews
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Review
Posted by Robert, November 19, 2023

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.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Adult Adoption
Posted by Mark, November 15, 2023

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.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Knowledgable, professional and kind
Posted by Shyla, May 22, 2022

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!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  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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Randy's Credentials

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San Diego stepparent adoption attorney4025 Camino Del Rio S, #300
San Diego, CA 92108

Adopting a stepchild, Riverside County attorney11801 Pierce St. #200
Riverside, CA 92505

Orange County step-parent adoption lawyer2030 Main St #1300
Irvine, CA 92614

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