Altoona, PA asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania

Q: I was seeking custody of granddaughter, paternal grandparents adopted her and my lawyer was not informed of this. In PA

Shouldn't my lawyer have been told about the adoption process and adoption?

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Peter Christopher Lomtevas
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Schenectady, NY
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: This is one of those questions that require too much decoding to properly answer. We do not know any of the procedural history of either the paternal grandparents or the maternal grandparents to opine on what one's lawyer should have known or not.

Ideally, the lawyer should have knowledge and information of a prior adoption. That information should come from the client. The lawyer is in no position to know the child or with whom the child resides unless the client reveals that information. If the client does not know who adopted the grandchild, then the lawyer will certainly not know.

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