Yearly Archive2018

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Frank Twarog: A steady hand at Hinesburg town meeting

Frank Twarog, a partner with MURDOCH HUGHES & TWAROG, Attorneys at Law, P.C. was recently featured in the March 1, 2018 edition of “The Citizen” a local newspaper serving the towns of Charlotte and Hinesburg, Vermont for his role as Town Moderator in Hinesburg. See the full article at the link below:

Frank Twarog: A steady hand at Hinesburg town meeting

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Hughes Helps Author Vermont’s New Parentage Act – H.562

Kurt M. Hughes, a partner with MURDOCH HUGHES & TWAROG Attorneys at Law, P.C., and a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, was recently a guest on Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition, and has been testifying before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees regarding Vermont’s new parentage act, H.562 (now pending before the senate after passing the house 148 – 1) which he helped to author.

This legislation is a giant step forward for Vermont, responding to the changing landscape of family formation in the State today, and providing solutions for many of the problems that have repeatedly faced our family courts, the history of which have been reported in Vermont Supreme Court opinions over the last twenty years, including the notorious Miller-Jenkins case, and most recently the case of Sinnot v. Peck . The legislation will also bring Vermont into harmony with recently passed legislation in Maine and New Hampshire, while Massachusetts is hard at work on a similar bill.

For the first time, Vermonters who grow their families through assisted reproductive technologies will have a simple procedure to establish legal parentage of children born through sperm and egg donation and gestational surrogacy. The all-important parentage orders made available under Chapters 7 and 8 this bill will provide much needed legal stability for children born through assisted fertility procedures from the moment of birth.

This bill utilizes the best parts of the Maine Parentage Act, and the newly minted 2017 Uniform Parentage Act as its foundation. It was customized for Vermont’s needs by leading practitioners in the Vermont legal and medical communities who have had decades of experience in the field. Vermont’s parentage laws, were last updated more than thirty years ago.

This new legislation gives added legal security to so-called de facto parents, assisted fertility and surrogacy clients. Kurt also concentrates in the Family Law, Adoption Law and Assisted Reproductive Technology. He is the co-owner of Vermont Surrogacy Network, which matches gestational carriers with intended parents in the U.S. and internationally.

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Twarog to Receive 2018 Pro Bono Award

Frank Twarog, a partner with MURDOCH HUGHES & TWAROG Attorneys at Law, P.C., will receive the 2018 Pro Bono Service Award at the VBA’s Mid-Year meeting on March 23, 2018.

Frank was nominated by Kim Jordan, a legal advocate at Steps to End Domestic Violence, for his volunteer work with survivors of domestic violence.  Ms. Jordan wrote “Frank’s legal representation has made a world of difference in helping domestic violence survivors feel safe, heard, and on their way to an independent, sustainable life for them and their children.”

Throughout his career, Frank has dedicated a substantial portion of his practice to providing pro bono and volunteer services for indigent clients in the community.  As a Guardian ad Litem, an attorney for children, and an advocate for the homeless, Frank regularly appears on behalf of those who often feel that they do not have a voice in the legal system.

Over the past two decades, Frank has volunteered hundreds of hours to the Town of Hinesburg, serving as Town Moderator, Town Agent, Peck Estate Trustee, Chair of the Recreation Commission, and founder and past-Chair of the Trails Committee.  He regularly volunteers at the Hinesburg Community School, serving as a member of PIE (Partnership in Education) and as a coach to a variety of educational and sports teams.

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