Avoiding Contested Adoptions & Limiting Attorney Liability

Production Date: October 29, 2015 Practice Areas: Family & Matrimonial Law and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 6084 minutes


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Join returning faculty member Colleen Quinn as she discusses avoiding contested adoptions, protecting client’s hearts and pocketbooks, and limiting attorney liability and exposure to possible legal malpractice claims. Colleen begins by establishing the primary ways in which adoptions may become contested. Additionally, Ms. Quinn discusses the associated practical considerations including financial and emotional cost to the parties. 


Learning Objectives:

I.     Recognize the primary ways in which an adoption might become contested:

  • Lack of Due Diligence
  • Insufficient Information Obtained or Sought
  • False Information Provided
  • Incarcerated Birth Parent
  • Mentally Ill/Drug-Alcohol Addicted Birth Parent
  • Indian Tribe Intervention under ICWA or Birth Parent Able to Claim ICWA Protection
  • Grandparent Intervention cases
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Birth Parent in Active Military
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duties

II.    Understand associated practical considerations:

  • Cost to the Parties
  • Financial
  • Emotional & Mental
  • Stress
  • Risk
  • Sufficiency of Resources
  • Negative Publicity
  • Implications for Child in the Future

III.   Comprehend the importance of being thorough in the gathering of information

IV.   Recognize how conflicting state laws might come into play

V.    Ensure proper notice requirements are met

VI.   Gain familiarity with the new tort of tortious interference with parental relations

VII.  Identify: 

  • How ICWA might be a factor
  • Mediation settlement considerations

VIII. Grasp state application using Virginia as an example


Pietro B.
Exton, PA


Jeffrey M.
Houston, TX

Great course

Brandan B.
Minneapolis, MN

Wow. A great CLE.

Judith H.
St. Clair Shores, MI

Good Speaker

Benjamin D.
Hawthorne, NJ


Angie M.
Houston, TX

the information on the case finding was very helpful

Diane R.
Park Ridge, OH

thorough presentation.

Andrew C.
Los Angeles, CA

Great speaker. Excellent use of specific examples from actual cases to clarify some tricky topics.

Douglas F.
Virginia Beach, VA

This has been the best lawline presentation I've seen in two (2) years!

Tom H.
Orange, VA

really enjoyable. learned a lot

Edna M.
Miami, FL

she definitely knew her material

Dona R.
Lakewood, CO

This was a fabulous course by an excellent speaker. Thank you Colleen!

Sheila M.
Champaign, IL


Andrea h.
new york, NY

Splendid presentation.

Jennifer L.
Land O' Lakes, FL

I really enjoyed the practical anecdotes used by the attorney to demonstrate her points.

Robert K.
Eden Prairie, MN

excellent presenter and easy to listen to

Brenda S.
Coral Gables, FL

It was very informative

Janine W.
Wildwood, MO

Very good speaker. Additional materials were included besides the PowerPoint in the written materials

Andrew D G.
Lake Success, LB

Well presented and very informative.

Gerardo G.
McAllen, TX

Helpful presentation.

Tadia W.
Lawrenceville, GA

Excellent overview. Made me want to learn more!

Bree V.
Coppell, TX

Very interesting stories and topic

Brandy C.
Orlando, FL

very interesting and informative. Excellent speaker!

Lynnan K.
Waco, TX

good job!

Stacie F.
New York, NY

the speaker was incredibly well informed and articulate. This course was a pleasure and most interesting

Robin B.
McHenry, IL

Outstanding and very informative course. My practice deals with abuse and neglect cases, and this course was very help The in regards to termination of parental rights.

John N.
El Paso, TX

Ms. Quinn was extremely familiar with the subject and had numerous helpful suggestions on how to avoid pitfalls in the adoption process.

Kathleen S.
Sammamish, WA

Excellent content!

Cathy L.
Alexandria, VA

One of best speakers I've heard.

pamela s.
Dothan, AL

she is sincere

Jerrold N. K.
Kendall Park, NJ

speaker was excellent, presentation thorough and informative. I do lots of adoption cases and found this to be an excellent review and in depth study of the subject matter, not just a cursory introduction. Thanks for the good work

William B.
Bronxville, NY

Nice presentation

Eric P.
Dallas, TX

Excellent program. Very interesting and engaging.

Jean C.
Randolph, NJ

Ms. Quinn is excellent. She is very experienced and knowledgeable and presents the material in an organized, easy to understand format.

Laura N.
Deerfield, IL

Very interesting program.

Chukwuka O.
Houston, TX

Great Instructor!

Stanley F.
Washington, DC, DC

Very very good.

John C.
Washington DC, DC

Excellent presentation! Thank you.

Sophia Z.
Boston, MA

great examples given throughout. top notch presenter

Robert W.
Arlington, VA

Excellent presentation by Colleen Quinn. Highly Recommended.

Kristina U.
King George, VA

This program could have been longer. Lots of information but so much more to learn.

Mark K.
Norfolk, VA

Best live show I have seen. Fantastic job.

Robin H.
Vienna, VA

I know nothing about this area of law - i'm a commercial real estate attorney - but needed the live hours. Speaker was great and topic was fascinating

Cristina R.
Dublin, VA

One of the best classes I have taken here. Nice to have a Virginia attorney for once, too!

Beth H.
Newsoms, VA

Really appreciated the speaker was practicing and teaching from the state I registered for credit under.

Bryan W.
Arlington, VA

It was great

Terrell R.
Riverdale, MD

Good job Colleen

Deborah C.
Kensington, MD

Excellent. Information I can use in my practice.

Jessica B.
Springfield, VA

Full coverage of the topic