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Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys in Montana
As the field of assisted reproductive technology has grown, a new field of law has developed in order to protect the rights of those involved in these procedures--especially those that involve third parties, such as surrogacy. This field of law is known as family building law or reproductive technology law.
Attorney who specialize in this field protect the rights of those who use ART, including the attended parents, egg donors, and surrogates. If you are considering one of these procedures, it is very important you retain the services of a reproductive law attorney.
ART Law Practices in Montana
If you are considering a fertility treatment such as egg donation or surrogacy, retaining the counsel of a reproductive law attorney should be high up on your list of priorities. Your lawyer can help draft agreements that will clarify not only your rights and expectations, but also that of the surrogate. He or she will also help you through other legal issues that may arise, such as disposition of embryos or insurance claim denials.
There are currently no reproductive law attorneys in Montana who are members of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. However, an Oregon attorney, Sandra Hodgson, with the firm Bouneff & Chally, is also licensed to practice in Montana.
For more information about a reproductive law attorney in your area, contact your fertility doctor for a recommendation.
Surrogacy Agreements in Montana
Surrogacy is often considered the most legally complex of the assisted reproductive technology procedures, since there is a third party involved. For that reason, it is especially important that you retain the services of a reproductive law attorney.
In Montana, there are no explicit laws on surrogacy, though it appears that surrogacy agreements are ruled favorably upon. Your reproductive law attorney can draw up agreements that clarify your rights and responsibilities, as well as that of the surrogate. It will also clearly state that the surrogate does not intend to seek custody of the child. Other surrogacy agreements will spell out what is expected for fees and payment.