SERVICE. EXPERTISE. COMMITMENT.
I believe every person deserves the chance to create a family, and I appreciate the unique journey each person follows in order to fulfill his or her dream.
My practice is focused on Collaborative Adoption, Step-Parent Adoption, Relative and Grandparent Adoptions, and Guardianship Proceedings.
I am committed to the goals of providing excellent service, legal expertise, and an affordable fee structure, while working to ensure full understanding of my clients' unique situations and concerns.
I work hard so that my clients can focus on their most important priority: Family.
Prior to starting her own practice in Orange County, Meg and her husband, Alex, lived in Los Angeles. Meg was recruited by the owners of AdoptHelp Law Center, a well-respected adoption law firm in Sherman Oaks, to join their firm representing more than 100 adoptive families every year. Meg represented clients from diverse backgrounds and helped them achieve their goal of building a safe and secure family unit through adoption and guardianship. Meg's education, legal experience, and desire to assist families in realizing their dreams contributed to the success and growth of the firm. She now brings this unique skill set to her clients in Orange County.
Meg was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Distinction (Top 10%) from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, with dual bachelor degrees in Political Science and Spanish. Meg volunteered her time in college as a tutor and mentor for inner-city children in Detroit and as an intern for a United States Senator. Meg also studied in Mexico and Spain, where she immersed herself in the local cultures and customs. Upon graduating, Meg moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor in 2001. In law school, Meg served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, and as an extern at the Office of the District Counsel, United States Department of Justice.
Meg began her legal career in Los Angeles working for two nationally recognized law firms, where she handled complex civil and entertainment litigation for Fortune 500 companies. She also served as a mentor with the Los Angeles Volunteers in Parole, which matches parolees with attorneys to help them transition into society. Although Meg achieved many successful outcomes in corporate litigation, she found her true calling in helping clients build their families in diverse ways.
Meg lives with her husband and young daughter in San Juan Capistrano. Meg is licensed to practice in all state courts in the State of California and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Meg is proficient in Spanish. She is actively involved in her community and serves on the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Community Outreach Committee. She is a member of the OCBA Family Law and Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Sections, Orange County Women Lawyers Association, and Orange County Lavender Bar Association (LGBT). Meg only handles matters filed in the State of California.
- Adoption Finalization and Termination of Parental Rights of the birth father in a Collaborative Adoption
- Step-Parent Adoption
- Relative and Grandparent Adoptions
- Guardianship Proceedings
- Compliance with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act in adoption and guardianship proceedings
- Assistance with new birth certificate after adoption, Social Security, and Passport issues
Meg's law practice focuses on representing adoptive parents who are using a licensed adoption agency to obtain the birth mother's consent, referred to as a Collaborative Adoption, and clients who are looking to build their family through Step-Parent Adoption, Relative and Grandparent Adoptions, and Guardianship proceedings. Meg concentrates on these practice areas in order to provide her clients with the excellent service and legal expertise they deserve. Meg guides her clients through each step of the legal process, and she anticipates issues that may arise and provides sensible solutions.
In a Collaborative Adoption, Meg works with her clients' adoption agency and represents her clients in the finalization process. If the birth father is not a placing parent, Meg also handles the process for terminating his parental rights. Meg's representation allows her clients to devote more time and attention to their families. Meg assists in compliance with the notice requirements of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, which, if applicable, is an essential step in an adoption or guardianship. Meg also provides guidance to her clients with adoption-related procedures, including obtaining the new birth certificate after adoption and applying for Social Security and a Passport, all of which can be time-consuming and stressful in ways that are not expected. When you want to focus on your family, Meg helps alleviate the burden of these tasks.
Meg is licensed to practice law in all state courts in the State of California and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Meg is proficient in Spanish. Meg only handles matters filed in the State of California.
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31878 Del Obispo Street, Suite 118-515
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675