Mediation Services

What is mediation? 

Many of the reasons which prompted divorce and separation related disputes to be referred to mediation are valid in trusts, estates and elder care disputes. The parties involved in these disputes are usually related and have an interest in preserving, if not improving, this relationship.  Suspicion, blame and hurt feelings are huge barriers to the development of full and honest information sharing. And, the “cognitive biases” of the parties lead to distortion and misinterpretation of what information is exchanged. Time and money are always factors. And, it is critical that the parties themselves control the outcome of issues that have deep emotional, spiritual, or psychological impact on them and their families.

Many of the same dynamics that make mediation the process of choice for separating and divorcing couples are present in trusts, estates and guardianship cases. And the ethical and practical complexities that exist for attorneys representing fiduciaries add an additional advantage to the use of the mediation process. Early intervention would allow many of these trusts and estates cases to be resolved before the lines are so sharply drawn. And attorneys representing fiduciaries or beneficiaries are well positioned to refer cases to mediation early on.

As a qualified neutral in both family and civil mediation and a certified elder care mediator, I am uniquely qualified to mediate estates, trust and elder law disputes. The issues that arise in estate/guardianship litigation more closely resemble those of family law. The matter involves family members with history that predates the current dispute. Unlike in a typical civil dispute, there are times where the parties to a probate dispute will need to maintain some sort of relationship (for the benefit of other family members) in the future.

Contact me today to hire a qualified estate and trust mediator to help settle your case.

From within Hennepin County Unique Estate Law represents clients throughout Minnesota, including Minneapolis, Edina, Bloomington, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Wayzata, Maple Grove, St. Paul, and Brooklyn Park.

9.3Chris Tymchuck

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