Thursday, January 30, 2014
We posted previously about the Ask the Expert Series run in the New York Times in Booming featuring Professor Sheila Heen whose expertise is in negotiations and difficult conversations. This last column from Professor Heen is titled "Negotiating Conflicts, Part 5: A Tug of Wills" (links to the 4 earlier columns are included at the beginning of this one). As referenced in the title to this column, the questions from readers involve family conflicts and parents' property. She answers 5 reader questions that will resonate with those of us who teach or practice in elder law. She gives some good advice on how to approach difficult conversations with siblings over these matters. I think this would be useful reading for our students to get a real-life glimpse into the issues and how an expert suggests talking about them.