[ESTATE PLANNING] The uncomfortable question of stored genetic material

By Liza Horvath

The Herald

John and Mary were undertaking the seemingly arduous task of estate planning and the pages and pages of their estate planning attorney’s questionnaire asked personal questions that were both embarrassing and thought-provoking. Who would they designate to have the onerous decision of “pulling the plug” should such an instance arise? If their named guardians could not step in, who would they name as “second place” guardians for their small children? John and Mary understood that all these situations needed to be considered but when they got to question 41 — they balked: “Do you have any stored genetic material?” Why would their lawyer ask such a question?


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