The majority of states are silent on whether an attorney can represent both the expectant mother and the adoptive parents in an adoption.
Adoption is a complex legal process for everyone involved. While collaborative in nature, adoption also presents several inherent and potential conflicts between the adoptive and birth parents. Lawyers assisting with adoption are responsible for making sure their client's rights are protected and that they are fully informed about their legal rights and obligations on all aspects of the adoption, including post-adoption rights and limitations, post-adoption communication, and the birth parent's right to change their mind. Since the legal rights of adoptive and birth parents can quickly come into conflict on these and other issues, it is unethical for an attorney to represent both the birth and adoptive parents in an adoption.
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