Embryos & Other Genetic Materials

Question:

Can I use my WillMaker will to decide what will happen with my frozen embryos, sperm, or eggs?

Answer:

No. If you have frozen embryos, eggs, or sperm in storage do not use your WillMaker will to determine what will happen to them when you die.

Keep in mind that you may have already made a decision about this (knowingly or not) because fertility clinic and storage facility contracts often include provisions for what will happen to embryos and other genetic material in case of death of the parents or donors.

However, if no plan is in place and if you want to make one, see an attorney for help. The law about who has a right to own, transfer, use or destroy embryos and genetic materials is new, changing, and state-specific. You’ll need to find an attorney who is current about the law in your state.