How to get an Apostille for a Social Security Benefit Verification Letter

Obtaining an Apostille for A Social Security Benefit Letter or Proof of Income Letter Lots of American citizens are relocating to foreign countries such as Ecuador, Costa Rica, etc. for various reasons.  Citizens who choose to live abroad outside their native country are called “expats”. Often, foreign embassies or consulates ask for proof from expats … Read more

Apostilles for FBI Criminal Background Checks

How to get an Apostille for a FBI Criminal Background Check If you are reading this, chances are that you have been asked to get an apostille authentication for your FBI criminal background check. Before you can obtain a federal apostille, you will first need to obtain the FBI background check.  This is sometimes referred … Read more

How to Obtain an Apostille for a Florida Birth Certificate

How to get an Apostille for a Florida Birth Certificate Foreign embassies or consulates often require an apostille or notarial certificate for vital records. Certainly, the most common document that people order apostille certifications for is a Florida Birth Certificate. Why do I need an apostille? There are various reasons why a foreign country may … Read more

How to Become a Certified Remote Online Notary Public in Florida

This article is about becoming a certified Florida remote online notary. If you’re looking for a Florida online notary to notarize a document, just click on the below link: Take Me to a Certified Florida Remote Online Notary! Remote Online Notarization (RON) in Florida Remote online notarization, or “RON” as it’s commonly called,  is a … Read more

The Emotional and Financial Cost of Misinformation in Family Adoptions

Grandparents Adopting in Florida

THE HIGH COST OF MISINFORMATION PRO SE (NON-LAWYER) ADOPTIONS IN FLORIDA If I were given the task of picking the one thing that most adversely affects pro se petitioners filing cases in the Florida Courts, it would have to be, hands down, the issue of misinformation.  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines misinformation as “incorrect or misleading … Read more

Can I Adopt My Grandchild in Florida Without an Attorney?

Can I adopt my grandchild?

Can I Adopt My Grandchild(ren) or Close Relative in Florida Affordably Without an Attorney? Most likely, yes!  Your reasons for adopting your grandchild(ren) or relative are varied, but your situation is all too common across Florida. It is estimated that almost a half-million children in Florida live in homes with their grandparents or other close … Read more

Myths and Realities – Florida Pro Se Step-Parent, Relative, and Adult Adoptions

Pro Se Florida Adoptions Myths and Reality

Frequently we receive calls at Florida Family Adoptions where the pro se party has “heard” or has been “told” something about Florida adoptions that isn’t accurate.  I have compiled a list of the most common myths and realities, and I hope this will help others who are contemplating filing a pro se grandparent, relative, step-parent … Read more

Florida Pro Se Family Adoptions and Unlocated Birth Parents

Florida Relative Stepparent Adoption Forms

But I don’t know where they are! – When birth parents can’t be located. One of the most common scenarios we encounter at Florida Family Adoptions is when we get a call from a relative (mostly grandparents) wishing to adopt their grandchildren, but they don’t know where the biological parents are.  Unlocated parents can present … Read more