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Assisted Reproduction Law

Iowa Attorney Protects Clients’ Rights in Assisted Reproduction Cases

Knowledgeable family lawyer provides discreet representation for consumers of fertility services in the Sioux City area

As reproductive technology advances, more couples are turning to assisted reproduction as a means to parenthood. Laws in most states do not adequately address the legal standing of intended parents, surrogates, ovum (egg) donors and sperm donors, so it’s important to seek skilled representation when pursuing this avenue. At Maxine M. Buckmeier, P.C., I help couples in the Sioux City area and throughout Iowa to realize their dreams of having a child through assisted reproduction. I understand the complex legal questions that confront clients in these cases and remain current on changes in the law and assisted reproductive technology.

Proven adviser provides comprehensive counsel for prospective parents

It is important to protect your financial and emotional interests by ensuring that legal documents and details involved with assisted reproduction are properly handled. My firm can prepare forms and contracts for egg and sperm donations, obtain pre-birth court orders and establish legal parentage in surrogacy matters, and handle surrogacy contracts for intended parents and surrogate mothers.

Trusted advocate drafts sound legal agreements

Many of the legal issues involved in assisted reproduction involve a third party, so it is essential that legal agreements with donors, the surrogate mother and other involved parties are specific and sound. I draft the following legal documents:

  • Pre-birth orders or traditional surrogacy agreements — These agreements between the surrogate and the parents state that the surrogate will give up parental and custody rights to the child. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate provides the egg and is impregnated with the intended father’s sperm.
  • Gestational surrogacy agreements —These agreements are between a couple and a surrogate mother who is not the biological mother of the child. In gestational surrogacy, the child is carried to term by the surrogate after an embryo — usually formed with the intended parents’ sperm and egg — is implanted in the surrogate’s uterus.
  • Adoption documents — An adoption contract allows a second parent to legally adopt and have legal custody of a child carried by a surrogate.

I also handle other important documents specific to state adoption and surrogacy laws. My firm places a premium on providing quality legal services with sensitivity to couples and families in Iowa. I understand the pressing desire to have a family and can help you make sure that a child brought into your family through assisted reproduction is truly yours through sound legal agreements.

Contact an experienced assisted reproduction lawyer in Iowa today

At Maxine M. Buckmeier, P.C., I represent clients throughout Iowa in assisted reproduction law matters. For help, please call me at 712-233-3660 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my Sioux City office.

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  • Sioux City Office
    600 4th Street
    Suite 304
    Sioux City, Iowa 51101
    Phone: 712-233-3660
    Fax: 712-233-3661