MORE FROM NEWSOK
Some expenses criticized by State Supreme Court
→Use of private investigator to track the birth mother for six months. She was watched even though she had already given up her boy and consented to adoption.
→Use of private investigator for surveillance on the biological father and his wife for 17 months. →$20,000 flat fee charged by the first law firm. The fee was not reimbursed when adopting parents changed to a different firm. →15 cents a page charged by the second law firm to copy thousands of pages. The attorneys’ contract specified 10 cents a page. →About $12,000 for the birth mother’s living expenses. The adoption judge approved costs even though he was shown no receipts. →$865 for medical-related costs. Adopting parents said the insurer paid all such costs. →More than $13,000 to the birth mother’s attorney. That attorney only made two routine court appearances and went to one hearing. →Duplicate attorney bills. →$200 an hour for an attorney to observe adoption hearing already being handled by another attorney in the firm. →$275 an hour charged by an attorney to prepare a document justifying a private investigator’s fee.
Note: The adoption costs in the Baby Boy A case were much higher than most. In nine more recent Oklahoma County cases, couples paid from $1,256 to $22,401, records show.