Elder and Family Mediation is a relatively new offering in New York. Most families disagree at one time or another, but when there is sufficient stress within the family unit, either because of a probate concern, a power of attorney conflict, or a guardianship disagreement, mediation may be a recommended solution. The Probate and Administration process is often difficult for family members. Often, one family member may be favored over another in a disposition from a Last Will and Testament or a Trust. When one beneficiary receives more than another, and they are both members of the same family, this event often creates anger and mistrust among the family.
Mediation is a neutral and peaceful environment . All participants are there voluntarily, and all will have the opportunity to be heard and to hear each family member present. It is not a public event, but a private discussion in a neutral environment. Other elder and estate law conflicts also benefit from mediation. Conflicts arising from a Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Trust, Last Will and Testament, Guardianship, Probate and Administration all may benefit from mediation.