SURROGACY LAW

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BECOMING A PARENT VIA SURROGACY IS AN EMOTIONAL AND PERSONAL JOURNEY

For those who choose traditional surrogacy or gestational surrogacy as their path to parenthood, the surrogacy process can be emotional and overwhelming. As a parent of twin boys via egg donation and surrogacy, IFLG founder Rich Vaughn understands the challenges you are facing and the rewards to come.

With an extensive nationwide network of highly qualified ART attorneys, we make sure your surrogacy agreement is in compliance with the laws in your surrogate’s state of residence and that your parental authority is legally established.

IFLG’s team of fertility law professionals will work with you to develop a customized surrogacy agreement that protects the health, privacy and legal rights of you and your family, your surrogate and her family, and your child. We guide you every step of the way—from conception to birth—negotiating tough issues such as your role during the pregnancy and birth, circumstances under which embryo reduction or termination of the pregnancy may be considered, and the surrogate’s responsibilities to you and your child.

We at IFLG consider it our greatest honor and privilege to help you create a happy, legally secure family through surrogacy. Contact us today….

Click HERE for a list of Surrogacy Resources.

SURROGACY LAW

Industry Leader

As leaders in the field of surrogacy law, we customize your surrogacy agreement to you and to the legal requirements of the state where your surrogate resides and gives birth. 

  • Draft or provide legal review of surrogate agreements

  • Draft legal clearance letters required by physicians / agencies assisting in surrogacy

  • Keep surrogacy agencies informed on your contract process and legal proceedings

  • Fund Management for your surrogacy process through a client-trust account

  • Provide Guardianship designations & Healthcare Powers of Attorney

FAQs

Surrogacy agreements are the first stage in a two-step process. The purpose of the surrogacy agreement is to allow each party to state their intentions, and their responsibilities to one another. The agreement will clearly state that the surrogate does not intend on parenting any resulting child(ren) and does not wish to have physical or legal custody of any resulting child(ren). The surrogacy agreement will also define the rights and responsibilities of the assisted parents.

Each state has different laws regarding surrogacy. It is important for you to be aware of not only the laws regarding surrogacy, but also about the laws regarding how to establish yourselves as parents within that state. International Fertility Law Group has experienced attorneys throughout the United States.

Because all of our work is completed via email, fax, phone and U.S. mail, you never need to come to our office, although of course you are very welcome to visit us any time.

Preparing and finalizing your surrogacy agreement has various steps. The following briefly describes the process from start to finish:

  • We’ll first send you a written attorney services agreement to review. It will explain the services we will provide and the cost. Sign and date it, and mail it back to our office with your payment. We recommend that you also fax a copy of the signed agreement to us to speed the process along.
  • Once we have your signed attorney services agreement, we’ll start work.
  • If you intend to use a surrogate, then once you have a match, we will prepare the first draft of your surrogacy agreement and send you a copy for your review. Read it carefully and call or email us with your questions, comments or suggested revisions. To avoid delay, it is a good idea for you to plan to review the agreement and contact us within two days after you receive it.
  • Next, we will send our final draft of the surrogacy agreement to the surrogate and/or her attorney for review. They will typically do this on the telephone. If the surrogate requests any changes, we’ll review them and send you a redlined version, showing the requested changes. We will advise you accordingly and will then proceed towards finalizing the surrogacy contract.
  • Once the surrogacy contract is finalized, print out and sign the signature page, and fax it to our office. The surrogate will do the same.
  • You’ll receive two originals from our office containing your surrogate’s initials and signatures. You will need to also initial the bottom of each page of both agreements, and sign both agreements, keeping one copy for yourself and mailing the other back to us in the envelope that we’ll enclose. We’ll send that original copy to your surrogate for her records. Our office will keep a copy of the signed original agreement in your legal file.

If you will be using an egg donor as well as a surrogate, please see our Egg Donation FAQ’s page for a step-by-step explanation of how egg donor agreements are prepared.

The finalization and execution of your surrogacy agreement can take between 1 week to 1 month, depending on how quickly the drafts of the agreement are reviewed and approved. Generally, we are able to produce a draft of your surrogacy agreement within 48 hours of receiving the signed attorney services contract and the necessary information regarding your match with your surrogate. We must then account for the time needed for you to review the agreement, as well as the time needed for the surrogate to review the agreement with her attorney. On average, agreements are generally signed within two weeks.

Most IVF Physician’s offices require a surrogacy agreement to be in place before your surrogate commences injectable medications. It is always best to have a surrogacy agreement in place as soon as possible.

We offer single-price, all inclusive service packages, as well as reasonable hourly rates. Please call our office for further pricing information.

While it is not required that your surrogate be represented by an attorney, we do advise that it is in both your and your surrogate’s best interest to have an attorney knowledgeable about surrogacy law explain the contract to her.

The purpose of the surrogacy agreement is to allow each party to state their intentions and to clearly state that the surrogate DOES NOT intend to have parental rights to the child and DOES NOT wish to have physical or legal custody of the child. The second stage of the process requires a court proceeding, during which any rights of the surrogate (and her husband, if she is married) are terminated and your parental rights are confirmed.

In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is not biologically related to any resulting child(ren). This type of surrogacy requires the use of a third party egg donor (either anonymous or known), and the procedure to establish the pregnancy is called “in vitro fertilization.”

In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s own eggs are used to conceive the child, so she is biologically related to the resulting child(ren). The procedure used to establish the pregnancy is generally referred to as “artificial insemination.”

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BECOMING A PARENT VIA SURROGACY IS AN EMOTIONAL AND PERSONAL JOURNEY

For those who choose traditional surrogacy or gestational surrogacy as their path to parenthood, the surrogacy process can be emotional and overwhelming. As a parent of twin boys via egg donation and surrogacy, IFLG founder Rich Vaughn understands the challenges you are facing and the rewards to come.

With an extensive nationwide network of highly qualified ART attorneys, we make sure your surrogacy agreement is in compliance with the laws in your surrogate’s state of residence and that your parental authority is legally established.

IFLG’s team of fertility law professionals will work with you to develop a customized surrogacy agreement that protects the health, privacy and legal rights of you and your family, your surrogate and her family, and your child. We guide you every step of the way—from conception to birth—negotiating tough issues such as your role during the pregnancy and birth, circumstances under which embryo reduction or termination of the pregnancy may be considered, and the surrogate’s responsibilities to you and your child.

We at IFLG consider it our greatest honor and privilege to help you create a happy, legally secure family through surrogacy. Contact us today….

Click HERE for a list of Surrogacy Resources.

SURROGACY LAW

Industry Leader

As leaders in the field of surrogacy law, we customize your surrogacy agreement to you and to the legal requirements of the state where your surrogate resides and gives birth. 

+ What We Do
  • Draft or provide legal review of surrogate agreements

  • Draft legal clearance letters required by physicians / agencies assisting in surrogacy

  • Keep surrogacy agencies informed on your contract process and legal proceedings

  • Fund Management for your surrogacy process through a client-trust account

  • Provide Guardianship designations & Healthcare Powers of Attorney

+ FAQs

FAQs

Surrogacy agreements are the first stage in a two-step process. The purpose of the surrogacy agreement is to allow each party to state their intentions, and their responsibilities to one another. The agreement will clearly state that the surrogate does not intend on parenting any resulting child(ren) and does not wish to have physical or legal custody of any resulting child(ren). The surrogacy agreement will also define the rights and responsibilities of the assisted parents.

Each state has different laws regarding surrogacy. It is important for you to be aware of not only the laws regarding surrogacy, but also about the laws regarding how to establish yourselves as parents within that state. International Fertility Law Group has experienced attorneys throughout the United States.

Because all of our work is completed via email, fax, phone and U.S. mail, you never need to come to our office, although of course you are very welcome to visit us any time.

Preparing and finalizing your surrogacy agreement has various steps. The following briefly describes the process from start to finish:

  • We’ll first send you a written attorney services agreement to review. It will explain the services we will provide and the cost. Sign and date it, and mail it back to our office with your payment. We recommend that you also fax a copy of the signed agreement to us to speed the process along.
  • Once we have your signed attorney services agreement, we’ll start work.
  • If you intend to use a surrogate, then once you have a match, we will prepare the first draft of your surrogacy agreement and send you a copy for your review. Read it carefully and call or email us with your questions, comments or suggested revisions. To avoid delay, it is a good idea for you to plan to review the agreement and contact us within two days after you receive it.
  • Next, we will send our final draft of the surrogacy agreement to the surrogate and/or her attorney for review. They will typically do this on the telephone. If the surrogate requests any changes, we’ll review them and send you a redlined version, showing the requested changes. We will advise you accordingly and will then proceed towards finalizing the surrogacy contract.
  • Once the surrogacy contract is finalized, print out and sign the signature page, and fax it to our office. The surrogate will do the same.
  • You’ll receive two originals from our office containing your surrogate’s initials and signatures. You will need to also initial the bottom of each page of both agreements, and sign both agreements, keeping one copy for yourself and mailing the other back to us in the envelope that we’ll enclose. We’ll send that original copy to your surrogate for her records. Our office will keep a copy of the signed original agreement in your legal file.

If you will be using an egg donor as well as a surrogate, please see our Egg Donation FAQ’s page for a step-by-step explanation of how egg donor agreements are prepared.

The finalization and execution of your surrogacy agreement can take between 1 week to 1 month, depending on how quickly the drafts of the agreement are reviewed and approved. Generally, we are able to produce a draft of your surrogacy agreement within 48 hours of receiving the signed attorney services contract and the necessary information regarding your match with your surrogate. We must then account for the time needed for you to review the agreement, as well as the time needed for the surrogate to review the agreement with her attorney. On average, agreements are generally signed within two weeks.

Most IVF Physician’s offices require a surrogacy agreement to be in place before your surrogate commences injectable medications. It is always best to have a surrogacy agreement in place as soon as possible.

We offer single-price, all inclusive service packages, as well as reasonable hourly rates. Please call our office for further pricing information.

While it is not required that your surrogate be represented by an attorney, we do advise that it is in both your and your surrogate’s best interest to have an attorney knowledgeable about surrogacy law explain the contract to her.

The purpose of the surrogacy agreement is to allow each party to state their intentions and to clearly state that the surrogate DOES NOT intend to have parental rights to the child and DOES NOT wish to have physical or legal custody of the child. The second stage of the process requires a court proceeding, during which any rights of the surrogate (and her husband, if she is married) are terminated and your parental rights are confirmed.

In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is not biologically related to any resulting child(ren). This type of surrogacy requires the use of a third party egg donor (either anonymous or known), and the procedure to establish the pregnancy is called “in vitro fertilization.”

In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s own eggs are used to conceive the child, so she is biologically related to the resulting child(ren). The procedure used to establish the pregnancy is generally referred to as “artificial insemination.”

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Peiya Wang
PEIYA WANG(王培娅)
Paralegal (律师助理)

Peiya Wang joined IFLG as a paralegal in 2015, where she manages surrogacy, egg donation and parental establishment cases and provides translation services for many of IFLG’s international clients. Peiya received her bachelor’s degree from Beijing Technologies and Business University, where she majored in Marketing. She moved to the United States in 2012 to attend Northeast University in Boston, Massachusetts, receiving a Master of Science degree in Global Studies and International Affairs in 2014. Peiya moved to Los Angeles in 2015 and received her paralegal certification from UCLA Extension. When away from the office, Peiya is a dragon boat paddler and a ballroom dancer, where she favors Rumbas and Cha-chas. She is fluent in Mandarin and English.

Luis Sosa
LUIS SOSA
Paralegal

Luis R. Sosa joined IFLG as a paralegal in 2016, where he enjoys pursuing his passion for family and reproductive law. While working toward his bachelor’s degree at Florida International University, Luis worked as a paralegal and legal assistant for family law litigation firms in Miami and Washington, D.C. As a paralegal and case manager for IFLG, Luis, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, manages surrogacy, egg donation and other reproductive law cases. In addition to spending time with husband Randy and dog Marty, Luis enjoys being outdoors and appreciating the arts.

Toni Hughes
TONI HUGES
Paralegal

After receiving her B.S. in Business Management, Toni joined IFLG to pursue her dream of working in the legal field. As a Paralegal with over 10 years of experience in the assisted reproduction technology field, Toni is our Managing Paralegal, responsible for training and managing our paralegal staff. From drafting legal documents to assisting our clients with post-birth matters, Toni embraces the challenge of learning something new in this field each day. Besides spending time with her son, Jordan, Toni enjoys exploring new things, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and serving as a Youth Advisor for “Next Generation.”

Miesha Cowart
MIESHA COWART
Financial Coordinator

Miesha Cowart joined IFLG as a financial specialist in 2014 following a successful career in development and business finance. Miesha previously worked for 10 years in the construction industry as a controller and for 13 years as Development Coordinator for the non-profit U.S. Fund for UNICEF. In her free time, Miesha works with “Next Generation” at her church. “They are my heartbeats!” she says of the youth in her community.

Kim
KIM DEVEREAUX
Paralegal

Kim has over 25 years of experience in the legal field and has worked exclusively in surrogacy and assisted reproduction law since 1999. Kim is a senior case manager of surrogacy and egg donation cases, and is also responsible for managing parental establishment cases and interacting with IFLG’s Of Counsel attorneys across the country. With three children of her own, Kim understands the importance of family and finds working in this area of law a rewarding experience.

Rich Vaughn
RICHARD B. VAUGHN
Founder

Attorney Rich Vaughn combined his personal passion as a father of twin boys born via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with more than 20 years of experience in business and technology law to build International Fertility Law Group. Today IFLG is one of the most successful and best-known law firms in the world focused exclusively on fertility law, helping thousands of intended parents through empathetic listening, thoughtful and compassionate guidance, and unmatched legal expertise. As an advocate for reproductive freedom, Rich also contributes his knowledge and time to improving the understanding and practice of ART law, serving as chair of the American Bar Association ART Committee and speaking to law students, faculty and advocacy organizations all over the world.

Elizabeth Tamayo
ELIZABETH TAMAYO
Paralegal

Elizabeth received her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University of Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating, she continued her education at the University of California, Los Angeles where she obtained her Paralegal certificate. Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish and has been in the legal field since 2009. She is excited to be a part of the IFLG Team helping families realize their dreams.

Tania Steele
TANIA STEELE
Legal Assistant

Tania Steele joined IFLG as a legal assistant in early 2016 and has since been immersed in the complexities of assisted reproductive technology law. Tania received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Chapman University in Orange, California, and a graduate degree from University of Leicester in England, where she pursued an interest in art. In 2013, she accepted a volunteer position at Legal Aid Society of Orange County, where she helped with the intake of new clients and was inspired to obtain a paralegal certificate from Fullerton College. As an undergraduate, Tania lived in Italy and studied the Italian language. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian and enjoys assisting as a translator for many of IFLG’s international clients. Outside of the office, Tania enjoys concerts, films, reading and travel.