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Q: My dad was killed by a drunk driver a lawsuit was filed and won. I was adopted by another man do I have rights?

Do I have any rights to the money. My mom made my dad sign over his rights to me and then left the town we were living in and had me adopted by my half sisters dad. My sister (different then the one whose dad adpoted me.)has control of the money and blows it.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 5, 2016

You should see a lawyer. The money was to be held in trust for you.Whoever administrated the estate should have seen it was put in a bank account for you.

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Q: My cousin adopted her grandkids last yr. She can't care for them now. How can I go about adopting them?

My cousin adopted her 4 grandkids last year (all in elementary school). Due to some unforeseen reasons, she is no longer able to care for them. What steps do I need to take in order to adopt these kids? Their biological parents gave up their rights and my cousin adopted these children by going... Read more »

Mr Jeffrey D Heck
Mr Jeffrey D Heck
answered on Jul 12, 2012

The most involved step is that you need a social worker to produce a home study report. This can be done through most adoption agencies. This report is intended to demonstrate to the judge that you are financially, physically, psychologically, and legally able to adopt. With this report in hand,... Read more »

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Q: Must we have an attorney for a step parent adoption in Indiana? Is it possible to do so without an attorney?
Mr Jeffrey D Heck
Mr Jeffrey D Heck
answered on Jul 12, 2012

In many counties, you must have an attorney to work on probate case. Larger cities do require attorneys. Look at your local rules, as posted on the Indiana Supreme Court website www.in.gov/judiciary.

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Q: How can I find an actual pro bono lawyer in my town?
Terrence Rubino
Terrence Rubino
answered on Aug 17, 2011

call the county bar association and it should be able to direct you. if you live in lake county there is a legal aid clinic in gary. if you live in hammond, there is a hammond legal aid on hohman ave. good luck.

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Q: I was adopted in late 60's,how do I open the records?
Burton A. Padove
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Burton A. Padove
answered on Jul 22, 2011

Indiana has a very comprehensive program concerning the opening of adoptions. Ehow has an excellent How to article

http://www.ehow.com/how_6689642_open-adoption-records-indiana.html

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Q: My girlfriend I, I am a female as well, are looking to have a baby together via insemination.

Will she have any rights to said child? Would she be able to adopt? I understand Indiana is Anti Gay, but does that I believe that is just for marriage?

Burton A. Padove
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Burton A. Padove
answered on May 16, 2011

Yes, she will be able to adopt and she should not have any difficulty based on sexual preference.. I have handled these before.

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Q: How do i get in to adopted records
Kenneth Mitchell Kaplan
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Kenneth Mitchell Kaplan
answered on Apr 23, 2011

You must file A Petition to Unseal your Adoption records.

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