Personal

wishbone“I liked the ability to speak directly with others with the option of court available if we needed it.”

We resolve many types of personal and family disputes including:

  • Divorce
  • Family
  • Malpractice
  • Physical Injuries
  • Elder Care Issues
  • Adult Guardianship
  • Inheritance Issues

Mediation offers a better way to resolve personal disputes privately and confidentially, with resolutions which satisfy the needs and interests of both sides. It is far and away the most cost-effective resolution tool for divorce.

Timing. Mediation may eliminate court proceedings altogether. It may also be used before, during or after court proceedings. Obviously mediation is most cost effective before going to court, but is often used in the course of divorce and family litigation, including disputes over inheritances.

Flexibility. Not all mediation processes are the same. Mediation allows parties the flexibility to reach an agreement acceptable to all parties. Below are just a couple of examples of how mediation allowed parties to settle disputes fast and to the satisfaction of both parties.

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Divorces. Couples going through a divorce can use a neutral moderator, someone above the fray, to assist them in sorting out the list of issues which must be resolved for them to be divorced. Usually these issues arise at the beginning of a divorce, but sometimes they don’t surface until children are older and their needs change or one parent wants to relocate. Couples often find they are able to quickly navigate the issues of Asset Division and Custody & Parenting Time Allocation by using mediation.

One attorney recently wrote to another, recommending our services and said: “Bob has a way of bringing parties together and reaching a resolution, even where both sides go into the mediation believing there is no hope for a resolution.”

Elder Care & Guardianship. As our population ages, more and more adult children are being called upon to assist their aging parents. In families, brothers and sisters often disagree on the best ways to meet their parents’ needs. Without the aid of a neutral third party, old sibling rivalries may make it impossible for them to agree with their parents and between themselves on what’s best for mom or dad.

A trained mediator can help “keep a calm environment in a highly emotional time. He helped state facts and dealt with feelings on both sides.”~ Comments from a recent adult elder care mediation participant.

Will Disputes. Occasionally there are circumstances where one child receives more than another under a will. Or a new spouse seems to be cutting out the children of their deceased spouse. Mediation helps resolve these issues with minimal expenditure of time and money so everyone can put their love one’s death behind them and move on with living.

In one dispute mediated by The Peace Talks, 13 heirs attended the mediation. On one side were all of the aunts and uncles. On the other, the grandson and granddaughter-in-law who lived with and cared for grandpa during his last years and inherited his land when he died. Although it took some time, by 3:00 in the afternoon, everyone agreed on how to divide the value of the land he left behind.