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Adoption Law

2015 Adoption Tax Credit Announced

  On November 17, 2014, the IRS posted Bulletin 2014-47. This bulletin stated: Adoption Credit. For taxable years beginning in 2015, under § 23(a)(3) the credit allowed for an adoption of a child with special needs is $13,400. For taxable years beginning in 2015, under § 23(b)(1) the maximum credit allowed for other adoptions is […]

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Adoption Law

Adoption 101 with Jim Thompson & Others on Creating a Family’s Radio Show

Recently, our very own, Jim Thompson, served as an expert commentator on the nationally recognized Creating a Family Radio podcast Adoption 101: Everything to Know When You Decide to Adopt. Jim and the other experts answered some of the first and most important questions that adoptive parents must answer when initially pursuing adoption:  Where do you start?  What are the […]

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Adoption Law

Our Law Firm Welcomes Two New Staff Members

The firm is pleased to welcome Ashley Stephens, Social Worker. Ashley will be focusing her energy in both adoption and ARTS (specifically, gestational surrogacy). Ashley is from Spartanburg, South Carolina and attended the College of Charleston where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Health Promotion. Ashley previously worked at the […]

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Adoption Law

Finding Your Own Surrogate (Gestational Carrier)

In order to save surrogacy program or agency fees, many prospective Intended Parents will try finding a Surrogate on their own. Although they sometimes find a close friend or family member who is willing to gestate a baby for them, many will turn to the internet to find an independent Surrogate. The advantage of finding […]

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James Fletcher Thompson Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of […]

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Adoption Law

Egg Donor Contracts and Legal Counsel with Our Law Firm

Third party reproduction, such as an egg donation arrangement, is a hybrid of law and medical science. In order to achieve a successful outcome, both disciplines play important and interdependent roles. Without medical science, third party reproduction would not be possible. Without the involvement of experienced attorneys, it would not be possible to ensure that […]

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Beware of Surrogacy Agency Fraud

Once again, another surrogacy “agency” is accused of taking advantage of families struggling with infertility and defrauding them of thousands of dollars. Although surrogacy programs may refer to themselves as “agencies,” this designation is misleading.  Unlike an adoption agency which is highly regulated by the State Government, anyone who gets a business license can call themselves a “surrogacy […]

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Adoption Law

Finding Family: New Ohio Law Will Unseal Old Adoption Records

The Adoption and Children Act 2002 sought to address issues of contact in recognition of the fact children were much older at adoption than had previously been the case, and therefore were more likely to have established links to their birth families. Sections 26 and 27 of the Act place a duty on the court […]

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