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Mediation may be an alternative to estate litigation for some

When it comes to a dispute regarding a loved one's estate plan, is estate litigation the inevitable result? Not necessarily. It is possible to address disputes regarding a loved one's estate plan through forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. Mediation can be a way for families in California to put their differences aside and work together to come to a resolution that meets everyone's needs.

What are some benefits of mediation?

Grieving the loss of a loved one can be an emotional time. Whether the death was sudden, such as in a car crash or whether the death came after a long illness or old age, losing a loved one is never easy. The situation can become even more emotionally charged when a family member wants to challenge the deceased's will or trust. This can drive a wedge between family members during a time when they should be able to lean on one another for support. Therefore, instead of pitting one family member against another in court, some families choose to first pursue alternative dispute resolution processes, such as mediation.

Mediation may be preferable to estate litigation in California

It is always difficult to lose a loved one. However, emotions become especially heightened when the deceased's heirs disagree with regards to the distribution or handling of the deceased's estate. Those in San Mateo who are facing the prospect of estate litigation may want to first consider trying mediation.

The benefits of alternative dispute resolution

When dealing with legal issues, one often worries about the process it will take to resolve the problem. Divorce, estate problems or any other type of legal dispute usually means going to court. While this can be an effective way to reach a final order, it is not the only way a resolution can be reached. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can be an effective way to reach a fair resolution, providing individuals in California and elsewhere with benefits litigation often cannot offer.

How can mediation help with estate litigation?

When drafting an estate plan, one thinks that everything will be planned for when they pass. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Loved ones dispute about the legality of a will or trust, arguing that certain assets should have been left to them. This can lead to lengthy disputes that can prolong the probate process. Thus, many beneficiaries consider alternative ways to address these problems.

Helping you utilize mediation in a will or trust dispute

It is difficult to make everyone happy when making a plan for the future. When drafting an estate plan, it is likely that some family members and beneficiaries will not agree with your decisions. However, at the end of the day, the contents of your will and trusts are up to you. But this will not stop some family members from getting into a dispute following your death and the execution of your will or trusts.

How can you use virtual mediation in your divorce?

The decision to divorce is stressful enough. Now spouses need to consider the entire process and how it will hit them mentally, emotionally and financially. Married couples in California and elsewhere understand that divorce can hit your pocket hard. Additionally, it is not know as a legal process that is completed quickly. Thus, divorcing couples often seek out other avenues and options when it comes to reaching a final divorce decree. Mediation is one of those options.

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