Advancements in Reproductive Technology Raise Estate Planning Issues

July 2014

By: Carole M. Bass

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The article focuses on the scientific advancements in the field of reproductive technology which have resulted in a rapid growth of the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART). According to a 2002 study, approximately 400,000 embryos are stored in the United States. As the use of ART continues to grow, so will its impact on both estate planning and estate administration.The question then arise: Can an individual bequeath stored sperm or stored embryos at death?

 

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