The History of Surrogacy: How Surrogacy Has Evolved

To many, surrogacy may seem like a radical idea. While there are always changes within the legal and medical arenas of gestational surrogacy, traditional surrogacy has been practiced for thousands of years. In fact, the bible even cites an ancient instance of traditional surrogacy in Genesis – Sarah, who was infertile, requested that her handmaiden, […]

Law Partners at Circle Surrogacy Recognized for Achievements

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All three partners of the Weltman Law Group, John Weltman, Scott Buckley, and Dean Hutchinson, were recognized by their peers as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, comprised of the top 5% of lawyers in Massachusetts, for their outstanding achievements in the practice of reproductive law in Massachusetts. This is a repeat designation for each of […]

Change to the Nevada Surrogacy Law for Parentage, ART, and Adoption

There has been a change to the Nevada law that we want to share with you. The Nevada Governor signed into law AB 191, which addresses parentage, ART and adoption. Effective July 1, 2017, the bill gender neutralized Nevada’s voluntary acknowledgment of paternity to include “parentage” to cover ART born children. This will simplify the […]

New York May Lift Over 20-Year Ban on Surrogacy: Note from John Weltman

In what may be the second major step forward in surrogacy in the United States this spring, Brad Hoylman, Democratic State Senator for New York, announced yesterday the passage of Senate Bill S17A through committee. The Bill, if passed by the full assembly and signed into law, will effectively repeal New York’s two-decade-plus ban on […]

Washington, D.C. Lifts Ban on Surrogate Contracts on April 7, 2017

Ban on Surrogacy in DC lifted as of April 7th, 2017 Message from Circle Surrogacy Founder and President John Weltman: In keeping with our belief that surrogacy will continue to be better in the United States, we are delighted to announce that, effective today, Washington, D.C. has begun permitting surrogacy. This was subject to review […]

The Science Behind HIV Positive Dads and Their HIV Negative Kids

Circle Surrogacy and Egg Donation founder and president John Weltman contributed to an important piece that appeared in The SciTech Lawyer this past summer. The piece is called, Wishes Granted: The Science Behind HIV Positive Dads and Their HIV Negative Kids. [Read the full article here.] The SciTech Lawyer is a quarterly publication for the Science […]

What Inspired You to Practice Law at Circle? – 20th Anniversary Project

What Inspired You to Practice Law at Circle Surrogacy Agency? – 20th Anniversary Project from Circle Surrogacy on Vimeo. You may have worked with some of our staff members, but probably not all of them. Let me tell you, this is an incredibly special, hard-working team. We like each other. We admire one another. We want […]

Marriage Equality and Surrogacy: Effects of the Supreme Court’s Ruling

In ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality today, the Supreme Court has recognized a constitutional right to marry for same-sex couples. But the Court has also made the legal aspects of surrogacy significantly easier for same-sex couples in many states. As Justice Anthony Kennedy noted in the Court’s majority opinion, marriage carries with it […]