Adult family disputes
These may be between siblings or a parent and adult child or children. Issues between siblings may concern a elder parent, family or jointly-owned assets, or a long-standing family feud. Mediation is a safe place to come to an agreement.
Care of elder parents
Siblings may differ about whether it is safe for mom or dad to drive or to stay in the family home. Healthcare professionals, such as the parent's primary care provider or a geriatric case manager, can supply information that helps in decision-making. Mediation allows open discussion and decision-making.
Mediation is a safe place to talk about long-term disputes that divide families. With facilitated communication, even decades-old divisions may be resolved.
At the elder's option, this may be discussions to assist the elder making estate plans that will work for the family. More often, estate plan mediation is between the beneficiaries, to work out differences in implementing the estate plan.
Mediation can result in agreement about what care is appropriate. This may be used even when there are advance directives, but is particularly useful when the family member has not expressed his or her wishes in writing. Healthcare professionals, such as the parent's primary care provider or a geriatric case manager, can supply information that helps in decision-making.
Often these decisions are made quickly, when the family is overcome by loss. Mediation can be used to plan in advance of need or scheduled quickly, following a death.
Mediation can resolve disputes about the use and support of any sort of jointly-owned property: real estate, family heirlooms, etc. Shall the use be shared? Will the asset be sold? Will one owner buy-out another's interest?
Mediation can resolve issues of succession and management of jointly-owned businesses. The issues may involve multiple generations. Shall the management be shared? Will the business be sold? Will one owner buy-out another's interest?
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