ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY (ART) ATTORNEY
The success and achievements of medical technology in the recent years have resulted in many new ways to create a family. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is becoming one of the fastest growing options for family building.
In Illinois we are fortunate to have in place the Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act, which became effective in 2005. The establishment of this act enabled Illinois to set a basic level of standards and procedural safeguards to ensure the protection of all parties involved in a gestational surrogacy contract. In addition, the Gestational Surrogacy Act provides guidelines for confirming the legal status of children who are born as a result of these contracts.
In plain language, Illinois is considered one of the more "surrogacy friendly states". If you meet ALL of the requirements of the Gestational Surrogacy Act and you are working with an Illinois gestational surrogate and the child is born in Illinois then the act allows the Intended Parents' names to go directly on the child's birth certificate without needing any further consent from the surrogate and there is no need to do an adoption.
Although the Gestational Surrogacy Act provides some guidance in this area of law, it does not cover many of the critical components that should be addressed in a well-drafted surrogacy contract. Moreover, given the sensitive nature of these legal agreements, it is critical that clients seek out counsel experienced in surrogacy law that can advise them accordingly.
As an experienced attorney practicing in the area of Surrogacy I have:
KNOWLEDGE of the applicable statutes.
UNDERSTANDING of the established case law.
ABILITY to advise you regarding what has become the level of acceptable standards in the area.
WILLINGNESS to offer competent and compassionate legal advice to clients from beginning to end.
My legal services include:
Reviewing and negotiating fertility clinic contracts.
Drafting a surrogacy contract on behalf of Intended Parent(s).
Reviewing and negotiating a surrogacy contract on behalf of a Gestational Carrier.
My Legal Fees:
For drafting a Gestational Surrogacy Agreement where the surrogate lives in Illinois is: $1,900.00 to $2,100.00.
For reviewing a Gestational Surrogacy Agreement (where the surrogate lives in Illinois) and the Agreement is drafted by an Illinois attorney who is experienced in drafting Surrogacy Agreements is: $1,100.00 to $1,400.00
My Legal Representation:
I represent only surrogates, intended parents, egg recipients, egg donors or sperm donors. I do not represent medical clinics, which allows me to offer independent and impartial advice regarding Surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technology contracts.
For a State-by-State Interactive Map for Commercial Surrogacy click HERE.