Estate and Inheritance Mediation
You can resolve family differences over estates and inheritances privately and respectfully.
If you are involved in a dispute over a trust or an estate and inheritances, emotions may be running high. Sibling rivalries and past conflicts can generate many emotions and make rational decision-making difficult. On the one hand, you may feel unfairly slighted by a parent’s will or you may believe that someone took unfair advantage of the deceased. On the other hand, you may feel that you deserve the larger share of an estate you received because of the care you gave to the deceased or for other reasons. Feelings like these surface frequently when a loved one dies and they can sometimes create enormous family tensions that, if not resolved, can have long-term negative results for the entire family.
Mediation can help you peacefully resolve such disputes without resorting to the courts. Mediation provides a tool by which families can explore all possible solutions concerning the interpretation or division of a trust or an estate and come to a mutually beneficial decision that satisfies everyone involved. The process is based on communication and helping the parties to share and understand each other’s feelings and concerns while keeping them focused on achieving a resolution that is agreeable to everyone and that preserves all-important family relationships.
Mediation is a helpful process for negotiating disputes over trusts, estates, and inheritances because:
- Mediation avoids a protracted litigation process which may deplete the trust or estate assets.
- Mediation can resolve or clarify ambiguities or omissions from the decedent’s Will or Trust.
- Mediation allows the parties to share their interests and concerns directly with the other parties.
- Mediation may help preserve the relationships between the survivors or beneficiaries.
If you are facing a dispute about a trust, estate, or inheritance, Susan Sloane can help. Susan has been practicing law for more than 40 years and is an experienced mediator who can help you reach a respectful resolution of the issues.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
~ Nelson Mandela (South African anti-apartheid activist, prisoner of war, president)