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Step-parent adoption: Insight from a family lawyer

This National Adoption Week, we share insights into step-parent adoption during the pandemic from Stowe family lawyer, and adoption specialist, Shanika Varga-Haynes:

Step-parent adoption

It is difficult to find any official statistics on the number of step-parents adoptions taking place in the UK with the figures focusing on the number of children being adopted out of the care system.

However, as a family solicitor and adoption specialist, I have noticed an increase in this area, through both enquiries, and my caseload.

Adoption is a varied and broad area of family law, and all cases bring great reward and challenges. However, Covid-19 and the multiple lockdowns have brought an extra layer of complexity to these already complicated cases.

What is step-parent adoption?

Step-parent adoptions arise when the partner of one of the biological parents wants to adopt the child. The consequence of step-parent adoption is the other biological parent loses their

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Fort Bend County Libraries’ Law Librarian, Andrew Bennett, will present a series of “Pro Se Basics” introductory demonstrations of the informational legal resources that are available to the public at the Fort Bend County Willie Melton Law Library. These programs will be available both in-person and online.

The introductory classes will take place on Tuesdays August 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, in Conference Room C, of ​​the Fort Bend County Willie Melton Law Library. Individuals may choose to attend individual sessions or the whole series.

The classes will introduce important procedural information for self-represented litigants who wish to begin their legal research, represent themselves in court, or seek resources for their Family Law or Probate issues.

The material that will be discussed is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Librarians cannot provide legal advice or recommend

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Pittsburgh City Council solicitor to advise council on legal matters, separate of city’s law department

Pittsburgh City Council on Thursday formally introduced Daniel Friedson as council’s first council solicitor.

With over 20 years of experience, Friedson will advise council on legal matters.

City Council last fall decided to hire its own solicitor. Council had previously relied on the legal advice of the city’s law department, which often represents the views of the major.


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The city solicitor and the city’s law department have legal jurisdiction over all administrative, legislative and municipal matters for the city. Pittsburgh’s Home Rule Charter, however, allows council to appoint its own independent legal representative, separate from the mayor’s office and law department.

Friedson said he is committed to working with the law department, but will maintain legal fidelity to City Council.

He was hired at a starting annual

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Black Box Tips: Maintaining Privilege Over Legal Advice Within An Organization | Dentons

This week Lisa McCreath takes a look at maintaining privilege over legal advice within an organization

Life’s greatest learning opportunities often come from things that go wrong. Only businesses that are properly vested in learning from mistakes are truly positioned to maximize their potential.

The aviation industry has this down to a fine art. When things go wrong, the black box flight recorder ensures that their errors are “data rich”. That industry’s ability to learn from its mistakes has taken it from one of the most dangerous forms of transport to one of the safest.

The law is no different. As part of the world’s largest law firm, our disputes team is also “data rich”: so here we use our knowledge of why things go wrong to help you to either avoid disputes in the first place, or to identify opportunities for fighting your client’s corners.

Maintaining privilege over legal

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Council of Europe HELP e-Desks: Up to 1000 lawyers in Europe providing legal information to people fleeing the war in Ukraine

The Council of Europe HELP Program sets up Asylum/Migration HELP e-Desks for lawyers or other legal professionals assisting people fleeing the war in Ukraine, including the practical application of the EU Temporary Protection Directive.

There are HELP e-Desks operational and adapted to the national context in Ukraine as well as in Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain. They are already connecting a network of 1000 lawyers and other legal and asylum professionals in Europe.

All HELP e-desks are all accessible at the Council of Europe HELP e-platform.

Adequate legal information and support is crucial for those persons in need. This advice should be given by informed, qualified and experienced legal practitioners, the more considering the dearth of jurisprudence on the issue of temporary protection.

These e-Desks were initiated by the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP)

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