How Can I Avoid Surrogacy Or Egg Donation Scams?
If you are considering surrogacy, you may be concerned about falling victim to a scam. This doesn’t happen very often, but surrogacy and egg donation scams do occur. You can protect yourself from scams by seeking advice and counsel from an experienced lawyer.
Our attorneys and staff at Essig & Evans LLP can help you understand how to avoid surrogacy or egg donation scams. We have been assisting clients with family building needs since 1986. From our Ohio office, we represent clients throughout the United States and throughout the world.
Ways To Avoid Scams And Fraud
There are several steps you can take to keep yourself safe from surrogacy and egg donation scams such as:
- Hire an experienced lawyer: A skilled lawyer has been through the process before and knows how to look out for the signs that you are being scammed. For instance, if your surrogate does not want to meet with an attorney, this is a red flag.
- Research your surrogate: Perform a thorough background check of your surrogate, including her credit report as well as her criminal, psychological and medical histories.
- Get references: Be sure to get references from the surrogate and/or the matching company representing the surrogate. Check the references to learn more about past client experiences and check with other professionals who have worked with the agency in the past.
- Research the matching company: If your surrogate is represented by a matching company, be sure to investigate the agency itself. Look at the matching company’s website and search for information about the company’s owner or director. Make sure you understand how the fees will be handled by the company and be sure to have the company explain, in writing, how they handle trust and escrow accounts.
Helping You Protect Yourself
As a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, attorney Ellen Essig is especially knowledgeable and experienced at handling surrogacy and egg donation issues. Our entire firm can help you understand how to avoid surrogacy and egg donation scams.