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Long Island Attorneys Offer Legal Assistance in Building Families
The field of assisted reproductive technology has evolved, which has led to a host of new legal questions. Third-party procedures raise the most questions — these include egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy.
Lawyers are now specializing in the new field of law that has emerged, which is referred to as Reproductive Technology Law or Family Building Law. Before you begin one of these procedures, it is important that you retain the services of a lawyer who specializes in this field.
Long Island Law Practices
It is important to retain the services of a reproductive law attorney before you begin third-party assisted reproductive procedures, such as sperm donation, egg donation, or surrogacy. These lawyers draw up contracts that clearly state the custody rights, as well as handle other issues such as insurance claim denials.
The following reproductive technology lawyers practice in Long Island:
- Amy Demma, East Hampton
- Karen A. Foley, Garden City
Many lawyers consider surrogacy as the most legally complex of the assisted reproductive technology options. Before you begin the surrogacy process, it is important to talk first with a lawyer who specializes in this.
The issue of surrogacy is complex in the state of New York. State law declares surrogacy agreements as void and punishable by fines. Those who are involved in a surrogacy agreement can be fined as much as $500, while those who arrange or assist in the surrogacy agreements can be fined as much as $10,000.
In New York, couples may only work with lawyers for surrogacy in the capacity of intended parents. New York residents may not serve as surrogates.
Because of this complex situation, it is especially important to retain the services of a surrogacy lawyer to help protect your rights.
It is also important to retain the services of a lawyer if you are considering adoption, whether it is a domestic adoption or an international one.
These lawyers will draw up a post-adoption agreement, which will clarify the custody of the child, as well as specify which role, if any, the birth parents will play in the child’s life.