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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 check list can encompass every family and every ART situation, to the right is a quick primer of necessary steps.

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

  • Talk to a Lawyer Before Beginning any ART Process—We Offer a Free Initial Consultation!

    First, talk to a lawyer before beginning any ART process

    Your and your family’s future security are at stake. At IFLG, we offer a free initial consultation, which will help orient you to the ART process, the services we provide, and payment options. Once we have received your signed retainer agreement, you will be under the protection of attorney-client privilege, and we can begin representing you.
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  • 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.
    Close
  • Prepare Properly Executed Documents

    Prepare properly executed documents

    We have developed proven, effective procedures and legal documentation for our ART clients. The type of contracts 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. Once your physician has received a legal clearance letter from IFLG, he or she can begin the medical cycle.
    Close
  • Court Order for Parental Establishment

    Court order for parental establishment

    A few months before the birth of your baby, we will prepare to petition the court or relevant state government agency to legally establish you as your baby’s legal parent. In some states, the petition is filed before birth. In other states, the the petition is filed after birth.
    Close
  • Confer with Birth Hospital

    Confer with birth hospital

    Prior to your baby’s birth, you should meet with the hospital social worker to discuss the delivery plan and the associated paperwork.
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  • 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. Once the birth certificate is in hand, parents can obtain a U.S. passport for their baby and return home.

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Domestic Clients

  • STEP 1

    Consult with a qualified attorney experienced in fertility law

    At IFLG, we offer a free initial consultation, which will help orient you to the assisted reproductive technology (ART) process, the services we provide, and payment options. Once we have received your signed retainer agreement, you will be under the protection of attorney-client privilege, and we can begin representing you.

  • STEP 2

    Client Intake Process

    One of the most important steps you will take in retaining ART legal services is to complete a detailed client intake form and answer all questions as completely and accurately as possible. Your attorney must understand the specifics of your situation in order to develop the most effective strategy for managing your case.

    During the intake process, you will be asked your place of residence and where you hold citizenship, the surrogate’s state of residence, your marital or relationship status, whose genetics are being used, and where you and your family plan to live following the birth. We will ask for copies of certain identifying documents for your legal case file. All of this detailed information will be used to determine what legal measures must be taken to ensure your parental rights and the security of your family. If you are already working with a fertility clinic or donor/surrogacy agency, some of this background information will already have been gathered.

  • STEP 3

    Execute Customized Donor Agreement (as applicable)

    For intended parents who are using sperm, egg or embryo donation to conceive, a properly executed donor agreement is essential.

    Many of our clients are already working with a licensed fertility clinic or surrogate/donor agency when they come to us. If you have not already selected an agency or clinic, we can refer you to an experienced, reputable provider.

    The donor agreement will document that intended parents are the legal parents and that the donor is not the parent. The agreement will establish whether and how intended parents will remunerate the donor and how intended parents will cover all associated medical expenses. Our experienced IFLG team will work with you to create an agreement customized for your family and situation that ensures all parties are protected in this extremely intimate, collaborative relationship between intended parents and donor.

  • STEP 4

    Execute Customized Surrogacy Agreement (as applicable)

    Often our clients have already been matched with a surrogate before retaining our services, usually with the help of an experienced surrogacy agency. During the matching process the surrogate and intended parents undergo criminal background checks as well as medical and psychological screening. Intended parents and surrogate meet and determine whether they are comfortable going through the lengthy and intimate process of assisted reproduction together, taking into consideration personal feelings and beliefs about selective reduction of embryos, termination for medical reasons, the type of relationship that will best suit them, and attitudes toward LGBT parents, if pertinent. Ideally, intended parents and surrogate have discussed and resolved most of these issues before we begin drafting the agreement.

    The surrogacy agreement will document all parties’ obligations and rights under the agreement, including establishing the parentage of the intended parents, payment of surrogate fees and expenses, surrogate behavior during pregnancy, where delivery will occur, and remedies for breach of contract. During the drafting, negotiation and finalization of the surrogacy agreement, the parties should be represented by separate legal counsel.

  • STEP 5

    Plan Ahead for Your Family’s Future

    As a parent with a new baby on the way, it’s important to consider the future. Arrangements for guardianship of the infant in the event of parental death should be part of any surrogacy arrangement. Depending on your family’s specific circumstances, it may be advisable to update your will or establish trusts. Our experienced team will work with you to draft guardianship documentation or refer you to expert legal counsel to draw up your full estate planning portfolio to ensure your family’s security. Similarly, documents will be drafted for your surrogate to sign granting you a healthcare power of attorney to speak directly to the doctors, access medical records and make medical decisions for the baby (to the extent such decisions do not put your surrogate in harm’s way).

  • STEP 6

    Establishing Parental Rights

    The process for establishing parental rights varies widely depending on the state where the birth occurs. Some states, including California, allow you to obtain a parentage order prior to the birth (“pre-birth order”) establishing the intended parents’ parental rights immediately at birth. Other states require parents to wait until after the birth to get the parentage order (“post-birth order”); still others require both a pre-birth order validating the surrogacy agreement coupled with a preliminary parentage order and a final post-birth order. It is important to understand, however, that even within the same state, court and vital records requirements may vary from county to county.

    During the pregnancy IFLG will coordinate the legal aspects of the upcoming birth with the birth hospital and provide a copy of the court order once available. Then the hospital birth certificate clerk will prepare paperwork to register the birth of the child, and send this paperwork, along with the court order, to the state’s vital records office where the birth certificate is printed.

    More questions? Give us a call at 323-331-9343 to schedule your free initial consultation.

International Clients

Many intended parents come to the United States from abroad to undertake fertility treatment and surrogacy. Our multi-lingual IFLG team has worked with thousands of intended parents from all over the world, and our network of qualified attorneys from more than 90 countries keeps us up-to-date on laws governing parentage and citizenship, so that we can obtain the documentation needed to get your baby home safely.

  • STEP 1

    Consult with a qualified attorney experienced in fertility law

    At IFLG, we offer a free initial consultation, which will help orient you to the assisted reproductive technology (ART) process, the services we provide, and payment options. Once we have received your signed retainer agreement, you will be under the protection of attorney-client privilege, and we can begin representing you.

  • STEP 2

    Client Intake Process

    One of the most important steps you will take in retaining ART legal services is to complete a detailed client intake form and answer all questions as completely and accurately as possible. Your attorney must understand the specifics of your situation in order to develop the most effective strategy for managing your case. For intended parents who are not U.S. residents, it is especially critical that you provide complete and accurate information about your citizenship, residency and future plans.

    During the intake process, you will be asked your place of residence and where you hold citizenship, the surrogate’s place of residence, your marital or relationship status, whose genetics are being used, and where you and your family plan to live following the birth. We will ask for copies of certain identifying documents for your legal case file. All of this detailed information will be used to determine what legal measures must be taken to ensure your parental rights and the security of your family. If you are already working with a fertility clinic or donor/surrogacy agency, some of this background information will already have been gathered.

    U.S. attorneys are not licensed to practice law in other countries, so it is advisable that you retain the services of an attorney from your home country. IFLG has developed an extensive network of attorneys in more than 90 countries who are knowledgeable about local laws and policies governing assisted reproduction, parentage, citizenship and residency, and we can assist you in locating qualified local counsel.

  • STEP 3

    Execute Customized Donor Agreement (as applicable)

    For intended parents who are using sperm, egg or embryo donation to conceive, a properly executed donor agreement is essential.

    Many of our clients are already working with a licensed fertility clinic or surrogate/donor agency when they come to us. If you have not already selected an agency or clinic, we can refer you to an experienced, reputable provider.

    The donor agreement will document that intended parents are the legal parents and that the donor is not the parent. The agreement will establish whether and how intended parents will remunerate the donor and how intended parents will cover all associated medical expenses.

    Our experienced IFLG team will work with you to create an agreement customized for your family and situation that ensures all parties are protected in this extremely intimate, collaborative relationship between intended parents and donor.

  • STEP 4

    Execute Customized Surrogacy Agreement (as applicable)

    Often our clients have already been matched with a surrogate before retaining our services, usually with the help of an experienced surrogacy agency. If you are not currently working with a donor/surrogacy agency, we would be happy to refer you to an experienced, reputable provider.

    During the matching process the surrogate and intended parents undergo criminal background checks as well as medical and psychological screening. Intended parents and surrogate meet and determine whether they are comfortable going through the lengthy and intimate process of assisted reproduction together, taking into consideration personal feelings and beliefs about selective reduction of embryos, termination for medical reasons, the type of relationship that will best suit them, and attitudes toward LGBT parents, if pertinent. Ideally, intended parents and surrogate have discussed and resolved most of these issues before we begin drafting the agreement.

    The surrogacy agreement will document all parties’ obligations and rights under the agreement, including establishing the parentage of the intended parents, payment of surrogate fees and expenses, surrogate behavior during pregnancy, where delivery will occur, and remedies for breach of contract. During the drafting, negotiation and finalization of the surrogacy agreement, the parties should be represented by separate legal counsel.

    In drafting a surrogacy agreement, IFLG can assist intended parents who do not reside in the United States in retaining legal counsel familiar with the laws of your home country. This will enable us to tailor your surrogacy agreement to comply with those laws and make your return home with your baby as safe and convenient as possible.

    For single or LGBT intended parents, parentage and citizenship laws in your home country may pose extra obstacles. Our IFLG team has extensive experience with helping single intended parents and same-sex couples navigate the extra challenges they face in many countries. Learn more about our services for LGBT individuals.

  • STEP 5

    Plan Ahead for Your Family’s Future

    As a parent with a baby on the way, it’s important to consider the future. Arrangements for guardianship of the infant in the event of parental death should be part of any surrogacy arrangement. Depending on your family’s specific circumstances, it may be advisable to update your will or establish trusts. You will want to consult legal counsel familiar with family and tax law in your home country and jurisdiction.  

    IFLG will draft documents for your surrogate to sign granting you a healthcare power of attorney to speak directly to the doctors, access medical records and make medical decisions for the baby (to the extent such decisions do not put your surrogate in harm’s way).

  • STEP 6

    Establishing Parental Rights

    The process for establishing parental rights varies widely depending on the state where the birth occurs. Some states, including California, allow you to obtain a parentage order prior to the birth (“pre-birth order”) establishing the intended parents’ parental rights immediately at birth. Other states require parents to wait until after the birth to get the parentage order (“post-birth order”); still others require both a pre-birth order validating the surrogacy agreement coupled with a preliminary parentage order and a final post-birth order. It is important to understand, however, that even within the same state, court and vital records requirements may vary from county to county.

    During the pregnancy IFLG will coordinate the legal aspects of the upcoming birth with the birth hospital and provide a copy of the court order once available. Then the hospital birth certificate clerk will prepare paperwork to register the birth of the child, and send this paperwork, along with the court order, to the state’s vital records office where the birth certificate is printed.

    For intended parents who reside outside the United States, additional steps may be needed to prepare for returning home with your baby. IFLG will work with experienced legal counsel in your home country to prepare appropriate documentation.

    More questions? Give us a call at 323-331-9343 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Overview

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 check list can encompass every family and every ART situation, to the right is a quick primer of necessary steps.

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

  • Talk to a Lawyer Before Beginning any ART Process—We Offer a Free Initial Consultation!

    First, talk to a lawyer before beginning any ART process

    Your and your family’s future security are at stake. At IFLG, we offer a free initial consultation, which will help orient you to the ART process, the services we provide, and payment options. Once we have received your signed retainer agreement, you will be under the protection of attorney-client privilege, and we can begin representing you.
    Close
  • 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.
    Close
  • Prepare Properly Executed Documents

    Prepare properly executed documents

    We have developed proven, effective procedures and legal documentation for our ART clients. The type of contracts 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. Once your physician has received a legal clearance letter from IFLG, he or she can begin the medical cycle.
    Close
  • Court Order for Parental Establishment

    Court order for parental establishment

    A few months before the birth of your baby, we will prepare to petition the court or relevant state government agency to legally establish you as your baby’s legal parent. In some states, the petition is filed before birth. In other states, the the petition is filed after birth.
    Close
  • Confer with Birth Hospital

    Confer with birth hospital

    Prior to your baby’s birth, you should meet with the hospital social worker to discuss the delivery plan and the associated paperwork.
    Close
  • 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. Once the birth certificate is in hand, parents can obtain a U.S. passport for their baby and return home.

    Close
Domestic Clients

Domestic Clients

  • STEP 1

    Consult with a qualified attorney experienced in fertility law

    At IFLG, we offer a free initial consultation, which will help orient you to the assisted reproductive technology (ART) process, the services we provide, and payment options. Once we have received your signed retainer agreement, you will be under the protection of attorney-client privilege, and we can begin representing you.

  • STEP 2

    Client Intake Process

    One of the most important steps you will take in retaining ART legal services is to complete a detailed client intake form and answer all questions as completely and accurately as possible. Your attorney must understand the specifics of your situation in order to develop the most effective strategy for managing your case.

    During the intake process, you will be asked your place of residence and where you hold citizenship, the surrogate’s state of residence, your marital or relationship status, whose genetics are being used, and where you and your family plan to live following the birth. We will ask for copies of certain identifying documents for your legal case file. All of this detailed information will be used to determine what legal measures must be taken to ensure your parental rights and the security of your family. If you are already working with a fertility clinic or donor/surrogacy agency, some of this background information will already have been gathered.

  • STEP 3

    Execute Customized Donor Agreement (as applicable)

    For intended parents who are using sperm, egg or embryo donation to conceive, a properly executed donor agreement is essential.

    Many of our clients are already working with a licensed fertility clinic or surrogate/donor agency when they come to us. If you have not already selected an agency or clinic, we can refer you to an experienced, reputable provider.

    The donor agreement will document that intended parents are the legal parents and that the donor is not the parent. The agreement will establish whether and how intended parents will remunerate the donor and how intended parents will cover all associated medical expenses. Our experienced IFLG team will work with you to create an agreement customized for your family and situation that ensures all parties are protected in this extremely intimate, collaborative relationship between intended parents and donor.

  • STEP 4

    Execute Customized Surrogacy Agreement (as applicable)

    Often our clients have already been matched with a surrogate before retaining our services, usually with the help of an experienced surrogacy agency. During the matching process the surrogate and intended parents undergo criminal background checks as well as medical and psychological screening. Intended parents and surrogate meet and determine whether they are comfortable going through the lengthy and intimate process of assisted reproduction together, taking into consideration personal feelings and beliefs about selective reduction of embryos, termination for medical reasons, the type of relationship that will best suit them, and attitudes toward LGBT parents, if pertinent. Ideally, intended parents and surrogate have discussed and resolved most of these issues before we begin drafting the agreement.

    The surrogacy agreement will document all parties’ obligations and rights under the agreement, including establishing the parentage of the intended parents, payment of surrogate fees and expenses, surrogate behavior during pregnancy, where delivery will occur, and remedies for breach of contract. During the drafting, negotiation and finalization of the surrogacy agreement, the parties should be represented by separate legal counsel.

  • STEP 5

    Plan Ahead for Your Family’s Future

    As a parent with a new baby on the way, it’s important to consider the future. Arrangements for guardianship of the infant in the event of parental death should be part of any surrogacy arrangement. Depending on your family’s specific circumstances, it may be advisable to update your will or establish trusts. Our experienced team will work with you to draft guardianship documentation or refer you to expert legal counsel to draw up your full estate planning portfolio to ensure your family’s security. Similarly, documents will be drafted for your surrogate to sign granting you a healthcare power of attorney to speak directly to the doctors, access medical records and make medical decisions for the baby (to the extent such decisions do not put your surrogate in harm’s way).

  • STEP 6

    Establishing Parental Rights

    The process for establishing parental rights varies widely depending on the state where the birth occurs. Some states, including California, allow you to obtain a parentage order prior to the birth (“pre-birth order”) establishing the intended parents’ parental rights immediately at birth. Other states require parents to wait until after the birth to get the parentage order (“post-birth order”); still others require both a pre-birth order validating the surrogacy agreement coupled with a preliminary parentage order and a final post-birth order. It is important to understand, however, that even within the same state, court and vital records requirements may vary from county to county.

    During the pregnancy IFLG will coordinate the legal aspects of the upcoming birth with the birth hospital and provide a copy of the court order once available. Then the hospital birth certificate clerk will prepare paperwork to register the birth of the child, and send this paperwork, along with the court order, to the state’s vital records office where the birth certificate is printed.

    More questions? Give us a call at 323-331-9343 to schedule your free initial consultation.

International Clients

International Clients

Many intended parents come to the United States from abroad to undertake fertility treatment and surrogacy. Our multi-lingual IFLG team has worked with thousands of intended parents from all over the world, and our network of qualified attorneys from more than 90 countries keeps us up-to-date on laws governing parentage and citizenship, so that we can obtain the documentation needed to get your baby home safely.

  • STEP 1

    Consult with a qualified attorney experienced in fertility law

    At IFLG, we offer a free initial consultation, which will help orient you to the assisted reproductive technology (ART) process, the services we provide, and payment options. Once we have received your signed retainer agreement, you will be under the protection of attorney-client privilege, and we can begin representing you.

  • STEP 2

    Client Intake Process

    One of the most important steps you will take in retaining ART legal services is to complete a detailed client intake form and answer all questions as completely and accurately as possible. Your attorney must understand the specifics of your situation in order to develop the most effective strategy for managing your case. For intended parents who are not U.S. residents, it is especially critical that you provide complete and accurate information about your citizenship, residency and future plans.

    During the intake process, you will be asked your place of residence and where you hold citizenship, the surrogate’s place of residence, your marital or relationship status, whose genetics are being used, and where you and your family plan to live following the birth. We will ask for copies of certain identifying documents for your legal case file. All of this detailed information will be used to determine what legal measures must be taken to ensure your parental rights and the security of your family. If you are already working with a fertility clinic or donor/surrogacy agency, some of this background information will already have been gathered.

    U.S. attorneys are not licensed to practice law in other countries, so it is advisable that you retain the services of an attorney from your home country. IFLG has developed an extensive network of attorneys in more than 90 countries who are knowledgeable about local laws and policies governing assisted reproduction, parentage, citizenship and residency, and we can assist you in locating qualified local counsel.

  • STEP 3

    Execute Customized Donor Agreement (as applicable)

    For intended parents who are using sperm, egg or embryo donation to conceive, a properly executed donor agreement is essential.

    Many of our clients are already working with a licensed fertility clinic or surrogate/donor agency when they come to us. If you have not already selected an agency or clinic, we can refer you to an experienced, reputable provider.

    The donor agreement will document that intended parents are the legal parents and that the donor is not the parent. The agreement will establish whether and how intended parents will remunerate the donor and how intended parents will cover all associated medical expenses.

    Our experienced IFLG team will work with you to create an agreement customized for your family and situation that ensures all parties are protected in this extremely intimate, collaborative relationship between intended parents and donor.

  • STEP 4

    Execute Customized Surrogacy Agreement (as applicable)

    Often our clients have already been matched with a surrogate before retaining our services, usually with the help of an experienced surrogacy agency. If you are not currently working with a donor/surrogacy agency, we would be happy to refer you to an experienced, reputable provider.

    During the matching process the surrogate and intended parents undergo criminal background checks as well as medical and psychological screening. Intended parents and surrogate meet and determine whether they are comfortable going through the lengthy and intimate process of assisted reproduction together, taking into consideration personal feelings and beliefs about selective reduction of embryos, termination for medical reasons, the type of relationship that will best suit them, and attitudes toward LGBT parents, if pertinent. Ideally, intended parents and surrogate have discussed and resolved most of these issues before we begin drafting the agreement.

    The surrogacy agreement will document all parties’ obligations and rights under the agreement, including establishing the parentage of the intended parents, payment of surrogate fees and expenses, surrogate behavior during pregnancy, where delivery will occur, and remedies for breach of contract. During the drafting, negotiation and finalization of the surrogacy agreement, the parties should be represented by separate legal counsel.

    In drafting a surrogacy agreement, IFLG can assist intended parents who do not reside in the United States in retaining legal counsel familiar with the laws of your home country. This will enable us to tailor your surrogacy agreement to comply with those laws and make your return home with your baby as safe and convenient as possible.

    For single or LGBT intended parents, parentage and citizenship laws in your home country may pose extra obstacles. Our IFLG team has extensive experience with helping single intended parents and same-sex couples navigate the extra challenges they face in many countries. Learn more about our services for LGBT individuals.

  • STEP 5

    Plan Ahead for Your Family’s Future

    As a parent with a baby on the way, it’s important to consider the future. Arrangements for guardianship of the infant in the event of parental death should be part of any surrogacy arrangement. Depending on your family’s specific circumstances, it may be advisable to update your will or establish trusts. You will want to consult legal counsel familiar with family and tax law in your home country and jurisdiction.  

    IFLG will draft documents for your surrogate to sign granting you a healthcare power of attorney to speak directly to the doctors, access medical records and make medical decisions for the baby (to the extent such decisions do not put your surrogate in harm’s way).

  • STEP 6

    Establishing Parental Rights

    The process for establishing parental rights varies widely depending on the state where the birth occurs. Some states, including California, allow you to obtain a parentage order prior to the birth (“pre-birth order”) establishing the intended parents’ parental rights immediately at birth. Other states require parents to wait until after the birth to get the parentage order (“post-birth order”); still others require both a pre-birth order validating the surrogacy agreement coupled with a preliminary parentage order and a final post-birth order. It is important to understand, however, that even within the same state, court and vital records requirements may vary from county to county.

    During the pregnancy IFLG will coordinate the legal aspects of the upcoming birth with the birth hospital and provide a copy of the court order once available. Then the hospital birth certificate clerk will prepare paperwork to register the birth of the child, and send this paperwork, along with the court order, to the state’s vital records office where the birth certificate is printed.

    For intended parents who reside outside the United States, additional steps may be needed to prepare for returning home with your baby. IFLG will work with experienced legal counsel in your home country to prepare appropriate documentation.

    More questions? Give us a call at 323-331-9343 to schedule your free initial consultation.

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.