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Especially important for parents of young children, a parent contingency plan is a vital tool to ensure that your children are cared for if something should happen to you. Without a plan in place as a guideline, a court may place your children with inappropriate guardians lacking essential knowledge about your children or the way you wish them to be raised. This document can stand-alone or be incorporated into a will.
Although most of us dread planning for when we are gone, a will is the central instrument not just to ensure that your assets are appropriately distributed, but also to prevent your loved ones from being burdened with sorting out your assets without clear guidance as to your wishes.
A living trust allows you to transfer your assets to a flexible legal entity to better control your property and assets, while still providing for your family after your death. The benefits of a living trust include the ability to avoid the probate process for all or a portion of your estate in certain situations, and the ability to have a portion of your assets managed by a trustee held to the highest fiduciary responsibilities.
Also known as a “living will,” an advance healthcare directive provides instructions as to what actions should or should not be taken related to your health if you are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. It also includes your key decisions as to who you would want to make medical decisions for you, what comfort measures should be taken, and what personal medical information can be shared with others.
A power of attorney allows a person of your choosing to legally act for you. Powers of attorney can be used in many situations and tailored to certain parameters. For example, a durable power of attorney can remain valid for your financial matters even if you become incapacitated, while a general power of attorney would become void upon your incapacitation. A medical power of attorney may permit the person of your choice to make all or just specified health care decisions for you. A limited power of attorney can be provided for a specific legal act, and becomes void once that act is complete.
Second parent adoptions allow same-sex couples and unmarried couples to adopt each other’s children. This process creates the all-important legally recognized parent-child relationship between a child and a parent who would not otherwise be recognized as the child’s parent in the eyes of the law.
A step-parent can adopt a step-child when a biological natural parent is deceased, has abandoned the child by failing to maintain a meaningful relationship with the child, or the biological parent believes that the adoption is in the best interest of the child and signs a consent to the adoption.
A kinship adoption is one in which a relative such as a grandparent, sibling, aunt, or uncle adopts a child. A homestudy is often unnecessary and the process can be straightforward. A family member who is related to a child—but not considered a close enough relative for the purpose of this type of process—is treated as a regular prospective adoptive parent by the State of Colorado.
Domestic adoptions within the State of Colorado can take many forms — from “open” adoption (where the birth parent and intended parents know each other and come to an understanding as to future contact, if any) to “closed” (anonymous) adoption, newborn to older child adoption, private and agency adoption, and adoption from the foster-care system.
Unless adopting through circumstances in which an already-identified child from a foreign country is being adopted, it is generally recommended that couples or individuals seeking to adopt internationally do so through a reputable adoption agency. A legal advocate can help you complete an international adoption with a previously-known child or work with you to find an agency that meets your needs as well as to tie up any remaining legal issues related to your growing family.
Egg (ova) donation and sperm donation agreements are essential when entering into a donor situation. Expectations on each side must be clearly spelled out in writing to avoid the potentially devastating situation of a child torn between parents, and subject to the underdeveloped state of the law and courts and judges without adequate legal guideposts.
Surrogacy relationships are rarely entered into without both personal struggle and soul-searching. Whether entering into a “traditional surrogacy” relationship (in which the surrogate is also the biological mother of the child) or a “gestational surrogacy” relationship (in which the surrogate is not biologically related to the child) both sides experience sacrifice and must enter into a relationship of trust. A carefully drafted legal contract is central to a healthy and successful surrogate relationship and necessary for the protection of each party’s legal rights.
A mother choosing to give up her child for adoption is offering a tremendous gift, but should not enter the situation lightly and not without representation to protect her legal rights. A birth mother may be entitled to certain compensation from the intended adoptive parents of which she may not be aware. Legal representation provides a birth mother education and protection as to her rights.
Intended parents entering into donor or surrogacy relationships have numerous obstacles to face before being able to fully call their child their own. A carefully crafted agreement with the donor, birth mother or any other involved party is essential to protecting the intended parents’ rights to the fullest. A legal advocate can educate you on the process and what to expect, assist in designing a birth plan and agreement as to your involvement (if applicable), and ensure that the birth certificate and pre-birth order, or adoption process (if necessary) is completed successfully and in a timely manner.
As IVF and similar technologies are used with greater frequency, many couples and individuals find themselves faced with a choice as to how to proceed with unused embryos. Embryo donation can take many forms and is an option worth considering. Similarly, several factors can make embryo adoption a great fit for those seeking to grow their families -- embryo adoption allows intended parents to experience their child's growth and development from the start as well as birth, while avoiding certain personal medical or genetic issues that may be at issue.
Ellen E. Trachman founded Trachman Law Center, LLC in order to bring dedicated and compassionate legal representation to those wishing to build a family through adoption or assisted reproductive technology.
Originally from northern New Mexico, Ellen attended undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and law school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Ellen practiced law in the investment management group of Sidley Austin LLP, a large international law firm, in San Francisco for seven years and corporate law for a well-respected Colorado practice before founding Trachman Law Center, LLC.
Ellen is a member of the American Bar Association Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee and Adoption Committee, the Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section, the Colorado Women's Bar Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and Resolve (a national infertility association).