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The Basics of Assisted Reproductive Technology Law

OnDemand Webinar (89 minutes)

Understand the legal processes involved with different forms of collaborative reproduction for same-sex and different-sex couples.An estimated 15% of different-sex couples and 100% of same-sex couples are unable to conceive the old fashioned way. As society becomes more progressive, different sex couples have more options to conceive if they are unable to do so without intervention and same-sex couples are increasingly vocal and active about their desire to have children. Enter collaborative reproduction. The advent of medical technology allowing gamete donation, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, and gestational surrogacy has opened a myriad of options. The legal issues that can arise with collaborative reproduction are numerous and technical. This topic will introduce you to some basics of practice in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology law, and learn terms and identify thorny issues that can arise in drafting agreements and establishing parentage. While these matters vary widely by state, there are basics that any lawyer must understand when delving into this practice or even while working with individuals or couples in estate planning, dissolution or immigration matters when there has been use of reproductive technology.


Elizabeth F. Schwartz, Elizabeth F. Schwartz, PA Joanna Beck Wilkinson, JD, The Law Offices of Mary Beck


Overview of ART Law

• History

• Medical Technology

• Traditional vs. Gestational Surrogacy

• Definitions and Lingo

• The Three Steps:

- Ocontract

- Oestablishment of Legal Parentage

- Ovital Records

Common ART Law Issues

• Experience and Competence

• Contract Issues

- Drafting

- Unauthorized Practice of Law

- How the Contract Can Affect Establishment of Parentage

• Planning for Parentage and Vital Records

• Conflicts of Interest

- Escrow

- Independent Representation

- Matching Programs

Addressing ART Law Issues

• Know Your State's Law

- Contracts

- Parentage

- Education

• Importance of a Written Agreement

- Helping Clients Understand What a Contract Does Do

- Helping Clients Understand What a Contract Does Not Do

• Following ASRM Guidelines

- Escrow

- Counseling

- Mental Health Eval

- Independent Counsel

• Estate Planning: What Estate Planning and Divorce Lawyers Need to Know About ART

• Foresee Common Issues