Wills & Estates
How estate disputes are settled
The reality is that disputes in relation to a Will or Estate are most likely to be between family members. Many disputes regarding Wills and Estates do not go to court but rather, are settled through a mediation process. Mediation is an opportunity for individuals involved in any kind of dispute about settling a Will or Estate to come together to sort out these disagreements. The mediator employs a structured negotiation process assisting parties to achieve their own resolution to the dispute without the involvement of the court or a dependence on lawyers.
Reaching agreements with other parties through mediation, offers many advantages:
- Mediation is a more cost effective and time efficient process, compared to court proceedings.
- Mediation may reduce the emotional costs that occur as a result of a family disagreement or breakdown in relationship.
- A collaborative approach through mediation may assist to preserve the relationship between participants.
- Participants may improve communication skills that will enable easier resolution of disputes in the future.
- As a result of mediating a Will or Estate, participants can not only make decisions about the future but will be given the opportunity to transform feelings of bitterness and, if they choose to, start the process of repairing that relationship.
Whether you have concerns about a Will or Estate or are aware of a dispute, CRS staff can discuss the details and help you decide whether mediation is your best option.
Cost will depend on the type of resolution service required; in most cases a quote will be issued.
To learn more about how Conflict Resolution Service can assist you with a wills & estates dispute please complete our contact form and one of our team members will respond shortly.