Adoption practice incorporates many issues in law. Given that it also involves personal matters of the utmost importance to those seeking to adopt, it is imperative that attorneys practicing in this area be skilled, experienced and compassionate. Our adoption lawyers possess an unmatched depth of experience in this area of the law by virtue of acting as counsel in more than a hundred of adoption matters of all types, serving on the state-wide boards for major international adoption agencies and working on such cutting-edge issues as embryo donation and adoption. In addition to our expertise, a number of our attorneys and firm employees have personal connections to adoption. We fully understand the law, as well as the personal dynamics involved in this most important of matters.
As our modern society progresses, medical technologies continue to move forward. The progress of medicine creates new opportunities and issues to be considered. Such opportunities provide new solutions to the age-old dilemma and difficulties some experience in conceiving and having children. These opportunities include the use of in vitro fertilization techniques, embryo adoption, gestational carrier arrangements, surrogate motherhood and the donation of human gametesBall aimed at achieving a situation where a child is born to a waiting family.
The opportunities created by the progress of modern medicine are not without important issues which must be fully considered before selecting and moving forward with an option. These issues include the legal permissibility of a proposed option, the associated medical benefits and burdens, the costBboth in terms of finances and emotions, and important other issues related to our society, theology and whether the mere ability to achieve an end justifies pursuing that end when all costs are counted.
Like our adoption practice, our attorneys are well versed in this area of the law. We have represented individuals, medical practices and adoption agencies with regard to reproductive law matters. Moreover, one of our partners has a Masters Degree in Bioethics, with the associated studies focusing on reproductive law.
Bioethics relates to issues found at the confluence of law, medicine and science. It also weaves in serious considerations related to society, theology and morality. The term itself derives from Abio@Bmeaning life, and Aethics@Bwhich is the discipline dealing with moral duty and obligation.
Bioethics is an emerging area of law where the possibilities of modern medical science intersect with our moral, legal and societal responsibilities toward each member of the human family. It involves such things as euthanasia, assisted suicide, abortion, human cloning, stem cell research, genetics, eugenics, nanotechnology, neuroethics, the use of emerging technologies and end-of-life issues. Many of these areas sound arcane, yet as with all things the law regarding such issues continually moves forward with profound implications for the human race. The manner in which such issues are decided, and the ultimate decisions themselves, bear great consequence for each of us.
The legal practice related to bioethics is being defined in various decisions percolating through lower courts in the various states. While many of these decisions have little import for personas other than those directly involved, such decisions are forming a body of law upon which our society will ultimately define the moral and societal worth of each of us. These definitions will establish the value of human life at each level of its existence and in every circumstance.
Out attorneys are prepared to provide knowledgeable, practical and effective solutions to the legal considerations presented by such issues.