There are many disputes regarding trusts and estates that can occur following someone’s passing. Unfortunately, families do not always agree on how to divide their assets. In cases like this, mediation may be a preferred solution instead of going to court. We have a thorough understanding of California’s estate laws and can help many families peacefully reach agreements regarding the estate division.

Probate mediation, also knows as Appropriate Dispute Resolution, is present on the website for the Superior Court of California for San Mateo County. According to the website, “ADR is usually faster, cheaper and less stressful than taking a case to trial. ADR also lets you resolve your disputes in a more private environment.” This can be beneficial in many ways, especially with a family that is still grieving.

Mediation is a confidential procedure that can help facilitate communication between parties that do not agree. It is the job of the mediator to help the parties reach a resolution that is acceptable to all those involved. This is helpful when family members are unable to communicate effectively for a variety of reasons. Additionally, mediation can help avoid a case going to trial, which will save everyone from the stress and headache associated with the probate court.

While mediators help different parties find common ground, they do not presume which party is correct or attempt to resolve conflicts themselves. Those are things you would find in a court setting. Mediation is a straightforward process that can help families avoid the time and costs associated with court hearings. More information about this topic is available on our web page about probate mediation services.