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The need for legal advice

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Written by Bev Jones, JMW Law.

Before I begin, I feel I must start this article with a disclaimer. Yes, I am a lawyer and I know what you will all think. Of course a lawyer will say that I need legal advice – but this is my reasoning.

Guess what?

I will let you into a secret. Lawyers make far more money from those who have NOT had legal advice. Then resulting in consult with Solicitors to resolve issues in the High Court. Most of these cases could have been avoided if parties had been appropriately advised, not just by lawyers but by other experts at various stages of their journey. I have always advocated how important early legal advice is and how that applies to both surrogates as much as intended parents.

Bev Jones

By way of background and by way of introduction, I am Bev Jones. A Partner at JMW Solicitors specialising in all things Family Law and particularly surrogacy matters. I regularly advise on disputes, provide initial advice and present on the topic.

I’m also lucky enough to have been Mike and Wes’ [My Surrogacy Journey & TwoDadsUK founders] chosen Solicitor for a number of years now and been with them on both of their surrogacy journeys. Indeed, I can still remember my first meeting with both Mike and Wes. I’m not sure who was interviewing who – they fired questions at me left right and centre and why wouldn’t you? Mike and Wes certainly made the most of that first consultation! I urge you to do the same with your solicitor.

Changing the landscape

As an intended surrogate, egg donor or legal parent why would you not want or need to know how the law applies to your personal and individual circumstances?

What MSJ are striving to achieve is avoid those costly legal battles and ensure that their members have access to experts at every stage all under one package. It’s a perfect and sensible managed solution for anyone embarking on Surrogacy. This is to the best of my knowledge unique to MSJ – it is NOT the same to run a google search and become an expert overnight. Or be told by a non-lawyer how the law works (and your rights). If only the law was that simple. You should ask your lawyer questions in your consultation and explore all avenues of it. Being handed a piece of paper claiming you understand the law (from a non lawyer) isn’t the same in my opinion.

I am a huge advocate of the phrase “knowledge is power”. Being as informed as possible to put yourself in the best possible position to make life changing decisions. It is true that there is a basic procedure and set criteria to apply for a parental order but how do they apply to you? Your intended parents? What happens if there are disagreements along the way? Do your intended parents meet the criteria? What happens if something happens to the intended parents and/or their relationship? How are the Court treating surrogacy disputes and where do you stand? Do you know your rights if something doesn’t feel right? Would you know where to turn?

The MSJ way

The most successful surrogacy journeys I have been involved in (including Mike and Wes’) are where people don’t cut corners and put their trust in experts at every stage. This is where MSJ comes in particularly useful. They have taken the time over the years to put their group of experts through their paces me including. Take advantage of their trusted experts to be as informed as possible about this life changing journey.

In respect of the legal aspect the question shouldn’t be why do you need legal advice but why would you NOT want to be as informed as possible about how the law applies to YOU.

For more information or to enquire about how you can benefit from Bev’s services email her directly;

Hi everyone, So I’m Mike, guess I’m the crazy one who had the idea to sell our souls to Social Media and open up our world for everyone to comment on and observe our lives. I spend most nights (when not with Talulah and Duke obviously) with my phone glued to my hand, posting, sharing, liking and filming - all in readiness for Facebook, Insta and now YouTube. It’s getting to be a full time job, which is tricky - as I have one of those! For the last 18 years I have worked within Medical Recruitment and have worked in a variety of high pressured Operational and Business Development roles in London and the Midlands. More recently I am working for myself as it gives me greater flexibility with our new family via my Consultancy firm MJE Consultancy Ltd, where I attract and recruit Fertility Nurses, Embryologists and IVF Consultants and other specialist Doctors, as the Fertility Industry is my passion. I’m obviously one half of TwoDads.U.K and very proud of that fact too, and without doubt being a father is and has been the best job I’ve ever had. Nothing prepares you for the impact these little humans have on us, I know if you’re anything like me, the joy of being a parent just keeps on giving (whilst equally testing me too!). Don’t get me wrong, there’s days where I want to sit on the garage floor and drown myself in Gin but on the whole, life is better than it ever has been...

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