Why Your Egg Donation Agreement Should Also Address Excess Embryos

Why Your Egg Donation Agreement Should Also Address Excess Embryos

When I ask prospective parents who are hoping for a successful egg donation cycle to look ahead to having completed their family and then having to deal with excess embryos, I know I am asking what may seem like too much…it turns out, really, I’m not. Many recipients of donor eggs will end up having to make decisions about the disposition of excess (or as I like to say “residual”)...

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Signing An Egg or Embryo Donation Service Agreement ?

Signing An Egg or Embryo Donation Service Agreement ?

Following up on a previously posted blog, entitled, “Choosing An Agency”, today I would like to speak to prospective parents about the agency service agreement. Folks who are signing up with an egg or embryo donation agency will typically be asked to sign a contract with that agency, essentially agreeing that you will pay a certain fee in exchange for certain services. These contracts read...

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A Letter of Legal Clearance? What is it? Do I Need One?

A Letter of Legal Clearance? What is it? Do I Need One?

In most egg donations and in many embryo donations (anonymous or known), the donors and the recipients meet with reproductive law attorneys (each retains separate counsel, the recipients pay both attorneys’ fees) to discuss obligations, expectations, entitlements and restrictions that either party may intend to impose on the other. Typically, the recipients’ attorney will then draft what is...

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Retaining an Attorney

Retaining an Attorney

What do I need to know about Reproductive Attorneys and why should I retain one? Doctors and nurses and clinical admins, lab professionals, mental health pros, a donor, a surrogate…and some folks only require a party of two to make a family! By the time ART patients reach collaborative reproduction as a family building option, the list of professionals with whom he/she/they engage is ever...

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Agency, Independent or Clinic Matching: Using a donor? You need an attorney (or two or possibly three)

By the time ART patients arrive at collaborative reproduction for family building the cast of parties involved in the process has grown to include physicians, nurses, clinical staff, lab professionals, mental health providers, the donor (or donors), perhaps agency representatives and to round it all off, attorneys who specializes in alternative family formation. Reproductive Attorneys are legal...

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Attorneys, Contracts and Baby Making: What Donor Egg Recipient Parents Need to Know

Attorneys, Contracts and Baby Making: What Donor Egg Recipient Parents Need to Know

Many prospective parents will raise, early on in their donor egg decision making, concerns about donor reliability as well as worry that a donor may return, following the cycle, making claims to that family the recipients have worked so very hard to achieve. Donor Egg Agreements, direct contracts between the donor and the recipient can provide for the prospective parent a level of protection and...

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