It goes almost without saying that we live in uncertain times.
Our lives now look drastically different from our lives pre-COVID. Health hyper-precautions are a necessary part of the new normal. For many of us, that means international travel is inadvisable – and for others, it’s downright unpermitted.
But though our lives may look very different, people are finding ways to live them all the same in the new normal.
Here at ADONIS, we talk to couples every day who are concerned about the pandemic, but more eager than ever to begin the surrogacy process. We are committed to realizing that dream for them, and for you. This has been our mission from day one, and the new normal has not changed that.
Of course, surrogacy is a paperwork-heavy process, especially at the start. Previously, intended parents needed to travel to Ukraine to sign paperwork in person that would begin the surrogacy process. But this requirement has been adapted to the new normal. Now, ADONIS is equipping you to start the surrogacy process with a power of attorney without ever having to leave your home country.
The words “power of attorney” might cause a few questions to jump to mind, so today, we’d like to take a few minutes to describe how we use power of attorney to empower intended parents, and how we design it to protect them.
What is power of attorney?
A power of attorney is a legal document authorizing someone to act as a representative on behalf of another person. In the case of surrogacy with ADONIS, you, as the intended parent, outline exactly when and under which circumstances that person is allowed to act on your behalf.
How do I authorize someone to act on my behalf with a power of attorney?
Once you tell your contact at ADONIS that you would like to get the surrogacy process started, our legal department will draft the power of attorney agreement. You review the agreement, and upon your approval, you have it notarized and return it to ADONIS. To make the process even easier for intended parents, ADONIS can proceed with surrogacy preparations with only a scan of the documents (although the originals must also be mailed to us).
What is the scope of the representative’s power of attorney?
Even though a power of attorney designates a representative, that representative cannot make any decisions or actions on your behalf without your express written consent. You review documents yourself through DropBox and you direct your representative according to your wishes.
The term of the power of attorney agreement varies from couple to couple. Usually, ADONIS recommends that the representative retain power of attorney for two years, but the agreement must cover (at minimum) the full nine months of the surrogate’s pregnancy.
The legal scope of the power of attorney is outlined specifically in the agreement. The documentation states specifically:
- what your representative is allowed to do on your behalf;
- which documents your representative is allowed to access;
- the conditions in which your representative is authorized to act on your behalf;
- any other specific authorizations or limitations discussed between you and ADONIS
If you are considering using power of attorney to start the surrogacy process in Ukraine through ADONIS, we recommend allowing ADONIS’ legal department to draft the agreement. If you are using a third party to draft the agreement, please carefully review the scope of authorization in the agreement before signing it.
While these are three of the most common questions we see about power of attorney, we at ADONIS are prepared to answer any other questions you have. In these uncertain times, we want to equip you with the insight about surrogacy to make an informed decision, and the confidence that comes with it. If you are considering surrogacy and you would like us to help make your miracle happen, please reach out to us via contact form.