Customized Protection for Your Frozen Genetic Material
Every patient has a unique story, and each patient’s wishes are deeply personal, often guided by family circumstances, moral beliefs, and future plans. There are many decisions fertility patients must make regarding the maintenance and disposition of your precious cryopreserved genetic material. Medical clinics and cryobanks are able to address general disposition options using their forms, but it is difficult for them to tailor their forms to the specific long term wishes of each client.
The Fertility Preservation Trust team can help you navigate and explore your options for the future and clearly state your wishes in writing, providing peace of mind to you and your family.
A trust is a legal document, recognized in every state, which allows you to clearly specify all of your wishes regarding maintenance, donation, disposition, and disposal of your embryos and reproductive material. You maintain complete control of your trust while able to do so, and may amend the trust at any time. A trusted individual is named by you to carry out your wishes per the terms of the trust after you are unable to make decisions. Potential scenarios are addressed today to reduce the potential for confusion or dispute tomorrow.
Unlike a consent form, a trust is unique because it is a separate entity which can survive your death. In fact, your trust is able to maintain and protect your embryos for up to 360 years if you choose.1 Also, trust assets are not probate assets, which means they pass directly by your terms at your death without court involvement. This not only avoids the uncertainty of court rulings, but it also maintains your privacy.
In short, a trust gives you greater control for a longer period of time, limits court involvement, and provides clear guidance now and in the future.
Voluntary Preservation of Eggs and Sperm
You’ve decided to preserve your eggs or sperm for future use. There are many scenarios to consider regarding the term of storage, possible donation of unused gametes, and preservation for future generations. Additionally, there may be certain restrictions on the use of your eggs and sperm which must be in writing to be deemed enforceable. We can help you evaluate all of your options.
Oncology patients are often faced with difficult decisions regarding how their cancer treatment will affect future fertility. These decisions can be particularly unsettling when the patient is a minor child. The Fertility Trust will help patients consider options for the storage, future use, and distribution of their individual gametes and reproductive tissue.
Long Term Storage for Frozen Embryos
Those who have produced and preserved their embryos have already been through a long and emotional journey. Often, when their family is complete, patients don’t fully consider the implications of leaving their unused embryos in storage without clear guidance and instruction in place for the future. Using the Fertility Preservation Trust, you are able to name a trusted individual to follow through with your written storage and disposition wishes when you are no longer able to do so. In addition, you can fund your trust with assets to continue payment of storage fees for a specific period of time or until an event, which is specified by you, should occur. We can help you complete your journey and plan for the future.
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1. MS Code § 89-25-9 (2015)↩