Legal Services

Lauren Murray Law Offices, LLC proudly provides professional, comprehensive legal services with a focus on family.  Here is some information about the legal services we offer.

 

REPRODUCTIVE LAW

Gestational Carrier Agreements

The Gestational Carrier Agreement contains all of the terms of an intended parent’s arrangement with a gestational carrier.  The agreement addresses a wide variety of issues including the term of the arrangement, following medical instructions, confidentiality, health and life insurance, abortion and selective reduction, and reimbursements.  My office will take the time to get to know you, your circumstances and your concerns so that the agreement we draft and negotiate on your behalf addresses your needs and protects your interests as you move forward on your family building experience.

Ovum Donation  and Sperm Donation Agreements

An Ovum Donation Agreement contains all of the terms of an intended parent’s arrangement with an ovum donor.  The agreement addresses a wide variety of issues including confidentiality, donor’s availability for ovum retrieval, the importance of following medical instructions, and compensation.  We draft and negotiate Ovum Donation Agreements for both known and anonymous ovum donors.  My office represents both ovum donors and intended parents.  Please contact my office to schedule a consultation when we can discuss your specific situation and needs.

A Sperm Donation Agreement is important if you are entering into a known sperm donation arrangement.  Although our Sperm Donation Agreements address a number of issues, the most important purpose of these Agreements is to terminate the known sperm donor’s rights to the donated sperm and any child resulting from the donated sperm.  Please contact my office to schedule a consultation when we can discuss your specific situation and needs.

Embryo Donation Agreements

An Embryo Donation agreement contains all of the terms of an intended parent’s arrangement with an embryo donor.  The agreement addresses a number of issues including the number of embryos to be donated, storage fees, legal parentage and financial terms.  The most important purpose of this Agreement is to terminate the embryo donor’s rights to the donated embryos and any child resulting from the donated embryos.  Please contact my office to schedule a consultation when we can discuss your specific situation and needs.

Insurance Review

When selecting a gestational carrier, an intended parent is often most concerned with the gestational carrier’s personality, obstetrical history, habits and living situation.  Depending upon the intended parent’s budget, however, another important factor in selecting a gestational carrier is the gestational carrier’s health insurance plan.  We review a gestational carrier’s health insurance for language and exclusions suggesting whether her health insurance carrier will provide coverage for her gestational carrier pregnancy.  Depending upon the health insurance plan, we may be able to obtain an opinion letter from the gestational carrier’s health insurance carrier stating that coverage for a gestational carrier pregnancy is available.  Please be aware that most intended parents pay out-of-pocket for fertility medical procedures and medications necessary to achieve pregnancy.

Legal Parentage Orders

One critical criteria for selecting a gestational carrier is an intended parent’s ability to establish legal parentage.  An intended parent’s ability to establish legal parentage is dependent upon a gestational carrier’s state of residence and/or state of delivery.  The laws and practices of the state in which the gestational carrier delivers normally controls how the intended parent will establish legal parentage.  Legal parentage orders can be obtained prior to or after birth, depending upon the state.  We assists intended parents with obtaining legal parentage orders in New Jersey as well as a handful of other states.  When an intended parent contacts our office with a potential gestational carrier, we discuss what the legal parentage process would look like so the intended parent can anticipate future legal steps and budget accordingly.

Second Parent/Co-Parent Adoptions

Where a legal parentage order for one or both intended parents is not available, intended parents can often establish their legal parentage through a second parent or co-parent adoption.  We prepare and file second parent adoptions in New York and co-parent adoptions in New Jersey.

Declarations of Maternity/Paternity

In New York, a declaration of maternity and paternity has become another method for establishing legal parentage.  Until recently, reproductive attorneys were only able to obtain declarations of paternity for genetic intended fathers.  Intended mothers had no choice but to adopt.  Today, genetic intended mothers and intended fathers using uncompensated gestational carriers in New York have the equal opportunity to obtain declarations of maternity and paternity, respectively.

INSURANCE

Health insurance difficulties.  can be entirely overwhelming.  If you are having difficulty obtaining health insurance coverage for medical services related to infertility and third party reproduction, we can discuss your situation with you and evaluate whether you have grounds to challenge the insurance company’s coverage determination.  Sometimes you just need an advocate to contact your insurance company on your behalf and clarify exactly what is included within your coverage.  These are services offered by this firm and we are happy to assist.

SIMPLE WILLS AND RELATED DOCUMENT PREPARATION

Very few people enjoy the process of preparing and executing a Will, but it is a layer of protection for you and your family that should be in place.  Each state, including the states of New York and New Jersey, have laws establishing who inherits your assets in the event of your death.  As a general rule, if you are married, your spouse will inherit your estate upon your death.  Given this information, maybe you don’t think you need a Will “yet.”  However, if you have children, your Will is your opportunity to name a Guardian for your children.  This is important.  If you have substantial assets, your Will or a more advanced estate planning tool may be an opportunity to protect your assets.  My office prepares Simple Wills along with Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and Healthcare Proxies.  Please contact my office to schedule a consultation when we can discuss your specific situation and needs.

REAL ESTATE

Residential

Here at Lauren Murray Law Offices, LLC, we find real estate so exciting.  Maybe you are a young couple buying your first home – what an incredible achievement.  Or maybe you are a single retiree or an older couple looking to embark upon retirement in a new home – another great milestone.  Any way it happens, buying or selling a home is a significant moment in a person’s life and we would like to accompany you through the process.

We pride ourselves on being accessible and responsive to our clients to answer questions both big and small.  We pay attention to the details so there are no surprises at the closing table and so that your transition from one home to another is a smooth one.

Commercial

If you are interested in buying a commercial property for your business or as an investment property, you will want someone alongside you paying attention to the details and asking the questions you do not remember to ask.  Let this law firm be your legal representation.

In any real estate transaction, we focus on preparedness.  Our job is to gather as much information as possible about the potential property to be purchased and minimize our client’s liability.  We pride ourselves on being accessible and responsive to our clients to answer questions both big and small.  We pay attention to the details so that you have all your questions answered and can make informed, prudent decisions.

 


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