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

SPECIAL NOTICE: Randy does his 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 he knows 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 34 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. Every client gets my home office number as well as my cell phone number, so I can be reached quickly if urgently needed. 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.

Since I do all the legal work myself for each and every stepparent and adult adoption, you deal only with me, with the exception of a receptionist to answer incoming calls. 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 at the numbers below, or 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.

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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  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.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Great attorney
Posted by Michael, January 10, 2021

Randall did a great job handling the adoption of my adult son. I recommend him highly.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Great lawyer
Posted by Jessica, December 26, 2020

Randy is an excellent attorney. He went above and beyond! He made sure we understood clearly the process of our stepparent adoption. He was very organized, communicative, kind, easy going, helpful and thorough. He made sure we had a pleasant experience through all the court process, I couldn’t have had it better. Thank goodness we found him.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Great experience
Posted by Marta, October 11, 2020

I had a great experience with Mr. HICKS. He is very responsive and professional. I highly recommend him.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  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 - don't hesitate one minute in seeking out his expertise. We highly recommend his expert lawyering!


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

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Riverside, CA 92505

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Irvine, CA 92614

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