Greg Masler is the experienced surrogacy law attorney behind the Law Offices of Greg Masler, located in Irvine, California. With a legal career spanning back to 1996, Greg has been dedicated to the field of assisted reproductive technology law since 2003. His practice specializes in assisting individuals and families navigating the intricate landscape of surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation, and embryo donation arrangements.
We recently had the privilege of interviewing Greg Masler, and he has generously shared his wealth of knowledge on surrogacy law trends, invaluable advice for individuals embarking on surrogacy journeys, and the profoundly rewarding experiences he has had while helping intended parents realize their dreams of building families.
Follow along to discover Greg's experienced perspectives on surrogacy law and working with Patriot Conceptions.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about becoming a surrogate?
It's a great question. By the time my clients have referred to me, they have probably gone through several appointments, medical and psychological evaluations, gone through their own due diligence, thought through the whole process of assisted reproductive technology. They are well prepared by the time they're speaking to their lawyers.
The only advice I really could give to a surrogate is that a surrogate needs to be someone who's committed to helping a family go through assisted reproductive technology, the time, the effort, the commitment. These are things that I think are gonna be critical to anyone that is considering being a surrogate.
How have surrogacy laws evolved over the years, and what trends do you see in the field?
I was very fortunate in 2003 when I first started as a lawyer in assisted reproductive technology. There was already existing case law that allowed people to go through gestational surrogacy and donor arrangements. There was already existing statutory law regarding sperm donation. So there were established laws. Since I've been a lawyer, there's now statutory law regarding egg donation, and actually, statutory law regarding embryo donation as well.
As far as trends are concerned, I can't say there will be or won't be any substantial changes with respect to the law. I feel that the law now does protect both intended parents and surrogates. Any lawyer practicing in the area of assisted reproductive technology needs to be updated on the state of the law and make sure their clients are aware of any kind of changes that may affect their assisted reproductive technology arrangements.
What has been the most rewarding part about working in this industry for you?
The most rewarding part is helping people with their family formations, whether it's intended parents, surrogates assisting parents, whether egg donors and embryo donors assisting parents. This has been absolutely the most rewarding part of me being an attorney.
Another thing that's amazing is when we get a chance to see the babies that are born as a result of surrogacy arrangements. It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally intended parents may be going through another journey, and they'll bring their baby or child with them. And it's just so wonderful to see the children that were born as a result of the egg donation, sperm donation, surrogacy arrangements that we were assisting our clients with.
How your experiences have been working with Patriot Conceptions?
My experience working with Patriot Conceptions has been excellent for me. As an attorney, communication with the agency is very important. There may be questions that I have about the materials the agency is providing me. It's important to be able to communicate with them, so I was able to prepare the contract in a quick and efficient manner. My experience with the materials I've received from Patriot Conceptions in either reviewing documents on behalf of a surrogate or drafting documents on behalf of the intended parents, they've been very clear and easy to understand.
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