Ideally Mediation should be used in any dispute involving Wills, Inheritance or Probate. There is usually a feeling within the family that they “should” be able to work things out among themselves but the engagement of a mediator to help to find a resolution can help to avoid splits that everyone will regret in the long term.
Communication between siblings, elders and in-laws will be assisted by a mediator who can keep the parties focused on the issues rather than on versions of “history” that are usually emotion based. Issues that need to be dealt with will be identified, particularly where needs are ongoing, and then movement towards a solution that suits all parties can then emerge and be facilitated with areas of responsibility being identified.
Real fears around financial limitations, nursing home or medical care costs for the person or couple passing on the business or farm on the one hand; or on the other, the viability of the business for whomsoever might be taking over have to be addressed. Issues like the health of the successor or the possibility or their marriage ending in Divorce also raise real fears.
Oftentimes these issues are avoided because of the pain, for oneself or loved ones, that can be involved in facing them. The issues can be raised in the safe environment provided by Mediation and potential future problems can be obviated in a safe and secure setting provided by a trained professional Mediator. The interests of all the parties, looking forward, will dominate the process.