14 Nov Explain how a surrogacy agreement is prepared.
Preparing and finalizing your surrogacy agreement involves several 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 send it back to our office with your payment.
- Once we have received your signed attorney services agreement, we’ll start work.
- If you intend to use a surrogate, then once you have a match, and your surrogate is medically cleared to proceed, we will prepare the first draft of your surrogacy agreement and send it to you for 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, the surrogate will receive your approved draft of the agreement for review with an attorney. 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, negotiate any revisions as needed, finalize the agreement, and send it out to all parties with signing instructions.
- Once we receive signatures from all parties, we will issue a “legal clearance” letter to inform your IVF Physician that you are legally cleared to proceed with your cycle.
If you will be using an egg donor as well as a surrogate, please see our Egg Donation FAQ page for a step-by-step explanation of how egg donor agreements are prepared.