At the elder's option, this may include discussions to assist the elder making estate plans that will work for the family.
Discussion before the estate planning documents are signed can prevent problems. Will the elder agree? This is an area where professional advice is usually needed. Only a lawyer experienced in estate planning can tell the legal and tax consequences of options being considered.
Do you fear conflict over personal property: furniture, jewelry, family heirlooms? If mom or dad is willing, much of this can be worked out before death. After death, mediation is a method to achieve a "fair" division of these items.
More often, estate plan mediation is between the beneficiaries, to work out differences in implementing the estate plan. Mediation is a safe place to resolve these issues.
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