When you are ready to enter a surrogacy arrangement, you will need to obtain legal advice. There are two lawyers involved – one for the intended parents and one for the birth parents. For Western Australian arrangements, any donors also need a separate lawyer.

Sarah provides a free initial consult for women who are considering becoming surrogates and would like to discuss the process and expectations.

Sarah provides legal advice for domestic altruistic surrogacy arrangements for teams across Australia. All advice is provided over Zoom, email and phone, or in-person. Appointments can be during the daytime or evening.

Surrogacy arrangement legal advice involves a legal advice consult (which is about 45-minutes long), drafting a surrogacy agreement, and corresponding with the other lawyer. Sarah operates on fixed fees, so all advice is included up to the point of signing the surrogacy agreement.

Sarah works with lawyers in every state and has recommended lawyers she works with on a regular basis. Make sure to ask for a recommendation.

Legal advice should occur alongside the required surrogacy counselling. The surrogacy process includes counselling, legal advice, and clinic assessments.

When you are ready to go ahead with your surrogacy arrangement legal advice, get in touch with Sarah.

If you are new to surrogacy, you can read about how to find a surrogate, or how to become a surrogate yourself. You can also download the free Surrogacy Handbook which explains the processes and options.

Sarah has published a book, More Than Just a Baby: A Guide to Surrogacy for Intended Parents and Surrogates, the only guide to surrogacy in Australia.

You can find more information in the free Surrogacy Handbook, reading articles in the Blog, by listening to more episodes of the Surrogacy Podcast. If you are at the beginning stages and exploring your options in Australia and overseas, you can also book in for a consult with Sarah below.

Hi! I’m Sarah Jefford (she/her). I’m a surrogacy, fertility and family lawyer. I’m also an IVF Mum, an egg donor and a traditional surrogate, and I delivered a baby for her Dads in 2018.

I advocate for positive, best practice surrogacy arrangements within Australia, and provide support and education to help intended parents make informed decisions when pursuing overseas surrogacy.

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