If you are considering using a gestational carrier or surrogate mother to help you build your family, you want an experienced attorney to protect your interests, one who will carefully review and prepare the documents required to accomplish your objectives successfully. You want a lawyer who understands the emotional challenges that often accompany the decision to use a gestational carrier to bring a baby into your home.
From my law office in Minneapolis, I have extensive experience handling a wide range of issues related to adoption and assisted reproduction, including all matters related to gestational carrier and surrogacy agreements. I understand the emotion and anxiety that accompany such relationships and provide responsive, compassionate and thorough representation to individuals in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas and across the state of Minnesota. Contact me to set up a free initial consultation.
Thorough Legal Counsel for Intended Parents
In my practice, I handle a wide range of issues for intended parents, including the review and preparation of gestational carrier contracts, and the negotiation of compensation and medical insurance issues. Gestational carrier contracts are complex agreements, as the laws vary from state to state.
I will review any proposed agreement to ensure that the terms are in your best interests, and will propose and prepare modifications when appropriate. I know that gestational carrier agreements can be lengthy and detailed and must be specific to both the parties and the situation. I believe that the interests of all parties are best served when both sides are represented by independent legal counsel. I take a thorough and comprehensive approach to insurance issues, examining health insurance policies carefully and when gestational carrier pregnancies are not covered under the relevant policy, I make appropriate accommodations in the proposed agreement. In my experience, time and attention to detail in drafting the gestational carrier agreement can avoid future costly litigation.
For experienced representation in Minnesota in matters related to gestational carrier agreements, contact my office or call me at 612-217-2137 to schedule a free initial consultation. Together, we will work to protect your interests and help you build your family.
Determination of Parentage and Custody Orders
Though the laws of Minnesota will not allow an intended parent to obtain a determination of parentage prior to birth, there are measures that you can take that can safeguard your interests when working with a gestational carrier. I have worked extensively with intended parents, successfully helping clients obtain a pre-birth order for custody in the majority of cases I have handled. This helps ensure hospital release of the child directly to the intended parents after delivery.
If you have entered into an agreement with a gestational carrier or surrogate, you will want to secure a pre-birth order so you can parent your child as soon as he or she is born. A pre-birth order can often result in your names being placed on your child’s birth certificate right at the hospital without the need amend or update birth certificates later. The laws governing the establishment of parentage can limit your options, so you want an experienced lawyer to protect your interests - one who has successfully helped others in similar situations.
From our law offices in Minneapolis, we have years of experience handling a wide range of issues involving the attainment of adoption and assisted reproduction parentage orders.