When having a baby is a team effort

Blog Post
September 28, 2017
Read Time: 4 minutes

A surrogacy arrangement typically involves a few extra players who wouldn’t be present in a traditional pregnancy. Fertility specialists, lab technicians, sperm or egg donors and a surrogate and her loved ones come on board to assist a family in creating a new life. While it’s amazing to see how having a baby becomes a team effort, each new person who enters the equation increases the odds of a misunderstanding or miscommunication escalating into a dispute.

Special Care – Unusual bequests in a Will increasingly common

Article
October 1, 2015
Read Time: 5 minutes

When we pass, we leave behind a variety of items in our estate that need to be distributed or disposed of in some way. Many of these possessions we automatically consider when thinking about our estate planning, such as the family heirlooms, special pieces of jewellery, and of course, our savings. However, there is a growing number of things that today’s society is known to possess that might be deserving of special consideration when determining what will happen once it forms part of your estate.

The Legalities of Egg Freezing

Blog Post
November 5, 2014
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A few weeks ago, lawyer Dana Du Perron wrote about how tech giants like Apple and Facebook are offering egg freezing as an employee benefit for female employees. Beyond the employment law realm, egg freezing raises some interesting and controversial fertility law issues as well.

Who’s My Mommy?

Blog Post
August 14, 2013
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It may not be easy to answer the question because the definition of mother under Canadian legislation has not kept pace with the scientific possibilities that now exist.There are a multitude of arrangements that can be made through surrogacy agreements, donor agreements, or other parenting agreements or declarations to address this issue. Will the validity of these agreements be supported by our courts?

Multiple Parents – Challenging our Concept of Parent

Article
June 2, 2006
Read Time: 11 minutes

Can a child have only two parents? At first glance, this seems like a simple question, with a simple, obvious, answer – of course, a child can only have only two parents.