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Charlotte H. Danciu practices family law and concentrates in the areas of  private adoption, gestational surrogacy (in vitro fertilization) and traditional surrogacy (artificial insemination), paternity, egg, sperm and embryo donation contracts and all areas of reproductive law. Charlotte has been practicing law for more than 24 years and has handled more than 2,000 adoptions as well as several hundred surrogacy, reproductive law and non-traditional law matters. Charlotte has been honored to represent numerous clients from the United States and abroad.  She has been very successful in influencing Florida's legislation resulting in some of the most progressive adoption and surrogacy laws in the world. She often appears on T.V. and radio, internationally, nationally, and at the local level.  Ms. Danciu is recognized as an information source and an expert in her field.  She has made appearances on among others, the Today Show with Katie Couric, Aaron Braun, John Walsh, CNN and numerous cable networks as a result of court appearances dealing with important issues in her unique practice.

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Charlotte is a Florida State University Law School graduate, and has a B.A. in Exceptional Child Education from Florida Atlantic University. Charlotte is a member of the Florida, Palm Beach County and South Palm Beach County Bar Associations, as well as the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.  She is a trained emergency medical technician, and in fulfillment of her love of the study of obstetrics and childbirth, she has attended over 40 births. Charlotte has two daughters. Her eldest, Noelle, is adopted and recently had the pleasure of meeting her birth family. Bill has two sons. Together they have fostered and mentored many children in their home and have not ruled out adoption again in the future. Charlotte and her husband have a very special "blended" family. Charlotte has two daughters and Bill has two sons. They also have Charlotte's eldest daughter, who is adopted, recently graduated from the Exceptional Student Program at Boca Raton Community High. 

Maxine Derkatch
has been an attorney for over 35 years and practices primarily in the fields of adoption, juvenile, and family law. A graduate of Brooklyn College and New York Law School, Maxine is a member of the Florida and New York Bars. She was also a teacher in the New York City public schools system. Maxine has extensive experience as an investigative attorney and a prosecutor, and has represented the State of Florida in child abuse and neglect cases. Maxine and her husband are the proud adoptive parents of a 14 year old daughter from Chile.


Michael J. Danciu is a 1998 graduate of Nova Southeastern University Law Center. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, majoring in political science, with a minor in communications. Michael has extensive experience in the area of human relations; having worked with the underprivileged and mentally challenged in college. Michael was an intern in the Florida Senate and was involved in drafting legislation dealing with various social issues facing the state of Florida. Michael also was an intern in the Palm Beach County Public Defender's office, bringing to the firm a wealth of information and experience in this important area of the law. Michael remains interested in helping the youth in our community through counseling and alternative programs.

Michael was recently married to his beautiful wife Stephanie.

Our Staff has years of experience assisting families in these very important legal matters. We understand that although we may handle many cases, yours is of paramount importance to you and we will treat it as such.

Our work is truly a labor of love, and that's what makes us so successful.

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2013The Law Offices of Charlotte H. Danciu, P.A.

Charlotte Danciu is the #1 surrogacy attorney in Delray Beach, serving clients nationwide
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