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#1 Nurse08

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 08:21 PM

I was curious to know what the typical fee is for a contract ( Egg Donor and Surrogacy). My sister has offered her eggs and if that doesn't work then she has offered to carry. I am in Ontario and she is in Alberta. Would both parties have to meet with the lawyer in person?


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#2 mountainchick

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 10:12 AM

I have contacted several different fert. lawyers for surrogacy and the contract quotes ranged from $3,500 to $5,000. I was told to budget 10K for pre and post baby legal costs.


I don't think all parties need to meet for the legal end of things. Each couple has their own lawyer and the lawyers would go back and forth if need be to finalize the contract. The surrogate's legal fees would be around 750-1,000 to review the contract on her behalf.


I never hired a lawyer for my egg donation. We wrote our own simple contract. All parties could sign and get it notarized by a lawyer. 


Good luck!

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#3 SherryLevitan

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 11:28 AM


Egg donor agreements and surrogacy agreements are quite different in both length and scope. Typical fees for an egg donor agreement would be between $1500 and $2000. Surrogacy agreements are much more detailed and take more time, so they are more expensive. Many lawyers, myself included, are happy to cap fees (especially in family situations) so that you can have some certainty.

Face to face meetings are certainly the gold standard, but when they're not possible, a meeting by Skype/webcam can offer an acceptable alternative. Please let me know if I can help.

#4 Lolis

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 11:11 AM



Would a surrogacy agreement (traditional surrogacy - the surrogate mother to be implanted with the embryo of the bio parents) be accepted if the parties draft it themselves and get it notarized by a lawyer?


Also, what's the fee for declaration of parentage and does it increase year after year?

My sister will be the surrogate mother in my situation (the egg and sperm are mine and my husband's and we have frozen embryos waiting to be implanted) we both live in Ajax, Ontario.


thank you.



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#5 SherryLevitan

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 12:15 PM


I think you are asking about gestational surrogacy, and not traditional surrogacy. It's easy to confuse the terms. There are so many issues that should be addressed in a surrogacy agreement, because the contract willcover everyone's rights and obligations before, during and after a pregnancy. The contract is important, but I find that the initial meeting with the lawyer is even more important because the lawyer will explain the law to you. It is so important to have an understanding of the legal framework so that you understand the
process and what you can and cannot do.

The court wants to see the contract as part of the application for the declaration of parentage. I think it is important to make sure that the contract submitted does not breach the federal legislation, don't you?

Fees for the declaration of parentage have not been increased in many years. In fact, I think they are lower than they were a few years ago.

Hope that helps.