Cohen to discuss fertility law issues at BC CLE course

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen will share her expertise on the law around fertility and assisted reproductive technologies at an upcoming course in Vancouver, presented by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

On April 8 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Cohen, founder of Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP, will take part in a number of panel discussions at the ‘Baby Making: Fertility Law and Assisted Reproductive Technologies’ course, including ‘The Law 101: Legal Framework.’ In this session, presenters will provide an overview of Part 3, Parentage of the Family Law Act, an overview of the Federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act, discuss the legal status of genetic material and provide a comparison with Ontario.

Cohen will also participate in a session discussing jurisdictional issues when intended parents, gametes, donors, and surrogates are not all in B.C., which law applies to use of gametes, financial arrangements, birth registration, legal parentage, and other issues, which payments are legal in Canada, and the importation of donated embryos.

And, Cohen will join a panel discussion on agreements and ethical considerations, where speakers will provide an overview of planning considerations for breakups or death, surrogacy agreements, donor insemination agreements, ova donation agreements, and embryo agreements, multi-parent agreements and what to do when things ‘go south.’

The course, designed for family lawyers, anyone whose practice is impacted by assisted reproductive technologies, lawyers working with the LGBTQI community, and also wills, estates, and trusts lawyers, will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, located at 999 Canada Place in Vancouver, or via live webinar.

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