Why A Fertility Trust

Unique storage options for unique life circumstances.

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 their precious cryopreserved genetic material. Medical clinics and cryobanks are able to address general disposition options using consent forms, but it is difficult to tailor their forms to the specific long term wishes of each client.

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Long Term Storage for Frozen Embryos

You’ve completed your family building journey, but your remaining embryos are very important to you.  Cryobank contracts can help you address maintenance during your lifetime, but can only offer limited options at death:  donate or dispose.   By establishing a fertility trust which survives death, you are able to extend the preservation of your embryos, as well as fund the trust to pay storage fees for as long as you specify.  Long term storage requires long term considerations.   Planning for the future of your embryos is what we do best.

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.

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Oncology Patients

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. By establishing a fertility trust, parents can maintain control of the genetic material while the child is a minor, and automatically transfer ownership to the child when the child reaches the age of majority. The Fertility Trust can help patients consider options for the storage, future use, and distribution of their individual gametes and reproductive tissue.

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.

What is a Trust?

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 that 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 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.

How Much Does a Trust Cost?

We charge a flat fee of $1,500 to draft your fertility trust and tailor it to your wishes.  This fee includes all telephone conferences and correspondence.  We offer a complementary initial consultation, by phone or video conference, to discuss whether a fertility trust is right for you.  

How Does This Work?

Once you decide to proceed, we’ll email a detailed questionnaire that will guide you through a variety of options.  We will then use the information provided by you to draft your unique trust.  Once you are completely satisfied, we will finalize the trust for signature.  With your permission, we will be happy to share the executed trust with the storage facility where your genetic material is maintained.  

Greater Flexibility. Increased Protection. Peace of Mind.