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Welcome

We are honored that you are considering International Fertility Law Group to represent you as you begin the exciting journey of becoming a parent through assisted reproductive technology (“ART”).

IFLG WAS ESTABLISHED TO PROVIDE ART LEGAL SERVICES EXCLUSIVELY—THIS IS THE ONLY KIND OF LAW WE PRACTICE.

We have helped thousands of intended parents navigate the rapidly changing legal landscape surrounding family formation via ART.

In founding IFLG, I was inspired by my own personal experience of becoming a parent via ART, with a passion for helping other individuals and families on a similar path.

I know from both personal and professional experience that every family situation is unique and the process of creating a family via ART can be complex, confusing and even overwhelming. Although no checklist can encompass every family and every ART situation, scroll down for a step-by-step primer on how to get started on your journey to parenthood via assisted reproductive technology. For more information tailored to Domestic or International clients, please click the corresponding button below.

IFLG’s team of legal professionals is trained to listen to your questions and concerns, provide expert advice tailored to your circumstances, and guide you every step of the way, until you welcome your new baby into the world.

— Rich

Required Steps

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EGG, SPERM or EMBRYO DONATION:
 

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SURROGACY:

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Step One

Talk to an IFLG Attorney Before Beginning any ART Process

Talk to an IFLG Attorney Before Beginning any ART Process

As you begin your journey to parenthood, one of the most important steps you can take is to ensure your family is legally protected at every step of the process. IFLG is a national law firm and we provide assisted reproduction legal services in every U.S. state where assisted reproduction is allowed. Call or email today to schedule your free initial consultation! Our IFLG team of fertility law professionals will help orient you to the ART process, the services our firm provides, and your payment options.

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Step Two

Select a Donor and/or Surrogate

Select a Donor and/or Surrogate

Most of our clients are already working with a licensed fertility clinic or surrogate/donor agency when they come to us. If you have not yet selected an agency, we can refer you to excellent and highly regarded agencies and clinics.

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Step Three

IFLG PREPARES LEGAL DOCUMENTATION FOR YOU

IFLG PREPARES LEGAL DOCUMENTATION FOR YOU

We have developed proven, effective procedures and legal documentation for our ART clients. The type of contracts and guardianship documentation needed will vary, depending on where intended parents, surrogates and donors reside, and on what type of ART process you are planning—surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, or sperm donation. After the contract documents are properly executed, IFLG will issue legal clearance to your physician and you can proceed with the appropriate medical cycle.

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Step Four

PARENTAL ESTABLISHMENT

PARENTAL ESTABLISHMENT

At IFLG, when you are in the 4th month of the pregnancy, we will start the paperwork for your parental establishment process. In this process, we will represent you in the process of legalizing and confirming your parental rights by: 1) terminating any rights your surrogate would be presumed to have under law; 2) establishing your parental rights; and 3) establishing how the birth certificate should be filled out. In some states, the petition is filed before birth. In other states, the the petition is filed after birth.

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Step Five

CONFER WITH BIRTH HOSPITAL

CONFER WITH BIRTH HOSPITAL

In approximately the 7th month of the pregnancy IFLG will contact the birth hospital about the parental establishment paperwork so they know who to contact if they have legal questions and so that their birth records clerk knows how to fill out the birth certificate worksheet for the state’s “vital records” office. Prior to your baby’s birth, we also recommend that you meet with the hospital social worker to discuss the delivery plan and the associated paperwork.

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Step Six

BIRTH CERTIFICATE

BIRTH CERTIFICATE

DOMESTIC:  U.S.-based parents will receive their baby’s official birth certificate by mail approximately eight to twelve weeks following the birth.

INTERNATIONAL:  For parents who reside in another country, IFLG will coordinate with the necessary entities to obtain an expedited birth certificate, generally within two weeks following the birth. Once the birth certificate is in hand, parents can obtain a U.S. passport (and any other applicable travel documents) for their baby and return home.

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More questions?

Give us a call at:

323-331-9343

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What We Do

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Click on the icons below to learn more about our suite of services designed to support you and your family through all aspects of the assisted reproduction process, from egg or sperm donation to your baby’s birth certificate.

Contact Us

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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. He is immediate past chair of the American Bar Association ART Committee, which develops model legislation governing assisted reproductive services, and is a popular presenter 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.

Linda Garrett
LINDA GARRETT
Legal Assistant

Linda Garrett graduated in 2010 from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a major in Sociology. Shortly after, she enrolled in a paralegal course at West Los Angeles College, where she fell in love with the field. In 2017, she earned her paralegal degree and joined International Fertility Law Group as a Legal Assistant. In her free time, Linda enjoys outdoor adventures and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Sunny Chien
SUNNY CHIEN
Paralegal

Sunny joined IFLG as a paralegal in 2017, where she manages surrogacy, egg donation and parental establishment cases for many of IFLG’s international clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from California State University of Los Angeles, where she graduated cum laude. Sunny is bilingual in English and Mandarin and has extensive experience as a legal assistant and paralegal at Los Angeles-area law firms. She is excited to be part of the IFLG team. In her spare time, Sunny enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, going to the beach, cooking, and being outdoors.