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30+ years of experience building and protecting families.
Leaders in California surrogacy and egg donation law.

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           About Us


We are a boutique firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, serving clients from the US and abroad.  We have assisted with the formation of thousands of families.

           Our Services


We offer a full suite of legal services, including contracts (surrogacy, egg, sperm, and embryo donation), establishment of parental rights, adoption, agency contract review, and co-parenting agreements. 



We work with clients from around the world, and invite you to reach out.








Informational Articles

The processes of surrogacy, egg donation, and embryo donation are complex and can feel overwhelming.  These articles, written by Shelley M. Tarnoff, MFT, Esq. or a colleague in the field, offer information to help you understand key aspects and guide you through the process.

Considerations when selecting an ovum donor

Selecting An Egg Donor

Including a third party in family building efforts requires an adjustment, and selecting the “right donor” may be a daunting task.

Common questions and answers about egg donation

Common Questions: Egg Donation

What is the role of the agency?

What is the role of the lawyer?

What are the arguments in favor of disclosing the fact of the ovum donation to resulting children?

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Gestational Surrogacy Step-by-step


An outline of the entire process, from screening to contract to hospital plan.

Ten things to think about when selecting your gestational carrier

Ten Things to Consider When Selecting Your Gestational Carrier

1.  Positive Interactions – Many challenges may be faced during the surrogacy process.  It’s important for the parties to communicate well with each other and have a mutual feeling of goodwill....

Considerations when using a family member as your surrogate

Using A Family Member As A Surrogate

When a family member offers to serve as your surrogate, it may seem like a dream come true. However, the closeness of the family relationship can lead to other areas of difficulty. 

Pregnancy termination in surrogacy

When Things Go Wrong: Pregnancy Termination In Surrogacy

After saving enough money, researching medical clinics and agencies, and meeting the woman who has offered to help you, it is time to bring in the lawyers to work out the details of a surrogacy agreement...

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