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Boston Attorneys Offer Legal Assistance in Building Families
The field of assisted reproductive technology, especially when using a third party– egg donor, sperm donor, embryo donor or surrogate -- has created a host of new legal issues. Some attorneys and law practices have made it their mission to represent the rights of those involved in fertility treatments or building their families through adoption.
These law specialties are called Family Building Law and Adoption and Reproductive Technology Law. It is important to choose a lawyer well-versed in this field of law, so that he or she can draw up legal agreements that show clear legal rights, obligations, and protections for those involved.
Boston Law Practices
The following law practices and attorneys in the Boston area specialize in the emerging field of assisted reproductive technology or adoption law. Some specialize in working with same-sex couples. Before undergoing certain fertility treatments, especially those using a third party you should talk with a lawyer regarding the processes. He or she can craft agreements clearly stating the intent and responsibility of all parties involved.
- The Crockin Law & Policy Group, LCC
- Northeast Assisted Fertility Group
- Law Offices of Amy Demma
- Law Offices of Joyce Kauffman
The attorney can also assist with issues such as pursuing claim denials from insurance companies, disposition of embryos, and legal planning before and after conception.
Surrogacy is often considered the most legally-complex option for assisted reproductive technology, so it is very important to consult and retain an attorney who specializes in it. In Massachusetts, couples and individuals are legally allowed to enter into surrogacy contracts.
Surrogacy contracts allow each party to state their intentions and legal responsibilities. They also clearly state that the surrogate does not intend to seek custody of the resulting child, or claim any kind of parental responsibility.
The surrogacy contract should clearly state a base fee, as well as how it will be dispersed. Other possible fees include transfer or insemination fee, invasive procedure fee, maternity clothing allowance, multiple pregnancy fee, or cesarean-section fee.
The surrogacy contract should also determine who will pay the medical expenses, and what role, if any, the surrogate will play in the child’s life.
Retaining the services of an adoption lawyer is a good idea for both domestic and international adoptions. The adoption lawyer will be able to explain your rights and the adoption laws in your state, and can help you understand the risks involved, especially regarding finalization of the contract.
The adoption lawyer will also clarify in a post-adoption agreement what, if any, contact with the birth parents would be permissible.