Monday, September 26, 2016
Susan N. Gary recently published a book entitled, Mediation for Estate Planners: Managing Family Conflict (2016). Provided below is a summary of the book:
This book represents an important new resource for attorneys to assist clients in resolving--and avoiding--disputes in an estate planning practice.
Estate planners and elder law practitioners are increasingly aware of the availability of mediation as a tool for resolving family disputes. Probate courts around the country are increasingly interested in encouraging parties to try mediation before resorting to litigation. But by the time a dispute reaches the probate court, damage to family relationships may have already occurred.
Mediation for Estate Planners: Managing Family Conflict provides the basic tools to understand and employ mediation within an estate planning practice and appreciate the usefulness of these alternative dispute resolution processes.
A lawyer familiar with mediation can help clients resolve disputes in a way that accomplishes the client's personal as well as legal goals. Written by an experienced team of attorneys and mediators, Mediation for Estate Planners:
- Supplies the basic tools to understand and employ mediation within an estate planning practice
- Provides guidance for lawyers in recommending mediation to clients at an early stage so that families are able to resolve disagreements with less damage to personal relationships
- Offers perspectives from both the mediator and the lawyer
- Considers the range of specific applications for mediation, including its use at the planning stage and after death; use in guardianship and conservatorship; end of life decision-making; and more
- Examines and explains the ways that mediation can help in family business succession planning, and much more!
Topics are organized in these sections for ease of use and reference:
- Understanding the essential elements of mediation
- Practical perspectives
- Specific applications in the estate planning and administration context
- Mediator as consultant: family business succession planning
- Resources for practice, including a Tool Kit, bibliography, and more