Grandparent, Relative, & Single Parent Adoption


Contested Adoptions, Adult Adoptions


Proven Success Record, Experience & Knowledge of the Law


Mark J. McGowan, Esq.

Mark J. McGowan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University (1981) and of Stanford Law School (1984). He is devoutly dedicated to providing each selected client with personal, caring counsel, attentive accessibility, diligent performance and quality service.


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Adoption Attorney, Mark J. McGowan

We Help Families Through All Stages of Child Adoption

The Law Offices of Mark J. McGowan, PC assist adoptive parents from the initial decision to final decree. We’ve had the pleasure of helping families through the process of adding a child to their families and have an excellent understanding of any adoption process including:

  • Stepparent adoption
  • Grandparent or relative adoption
  • Single parent adoption
  • Contested adoption
  • Adult adoption, especially in connection with estate planning
  • Adoption as a means of resolving a child custody crisis such as incapacity of a primary custodial parent through accident or illness.

Understanding the adoption procedure

While any adoption of a minor child will involve home studies, background checks and investigations, some forms of adoption will present more hurdles or expenses than others. Mark J. McGowan, works closely with you to make sure that you understand your options and develop a clear expectation about all the steps involved in the process.


Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation at 760-340-3332

We have never been in a situation where we absolutely needed an attorney. But the time came when we did. Mark was recommended to us by work associates. From the very beginning at our first meeting, after listening to our explanations, Mark put us at ease with the words, “I want you to set your worries aside, I do this every day and I’m very good at what I do.” Those confidently spoken words did calm our concerns.

After carefully listening and asking more questions, Mark went into action. Over time, our situation was resolved with Mark keeping us informed both verbally and in writing every step of the way. Mark is the definition of professionalism and his explanations were clear and concise.

Hopefully we will never need an attorney again but if we do it will be comforting to return to Mark once again. Just as he said during his first meeting, he is very good at what he does! Ron and Sue Stieben

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Schedule your free consultation with attorney Mark J. McGowan today by calling our Palm Desert offices at 760-340-3332 or inquire by email with a brief summary of your situation, issue or question.

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Visit Our Palm Desert Office

72-630 Fred Waring, Suite 201
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Located on west side of Fred Waring between Monterey and Hwy 111. Look for our ;signs on any side of the building and take the elevator to the second floor. We look forward to meeting you.

Proudly serving the Coachella Valley communities of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Bermuda Dunes, Desert Hot Springs, Thousand Palms, Coachella, Thermal, and beyond since 1987. El abogado habla español.