Elder Mediation, Elder Care Mediation or Mediation with age related issues is the mediation of any conflict or disagreement involving an older adult.
Wills and Estate Mediation can be helpful in pre and post disputes. Having difficult family conversations about why you excluded someone from your will, why you want your children to jointly make decisions about your Power of Attorney or what your wishes are for care can happen before they are needed. Estates aren’t always able to be managed easily. Challenges about power imbalances or capacity, changes or perceived unfairness are often not about the law but the family itself.
Alternative dispute resolution allows families to achieve outcomes not necessarily aligned with the law but outcomes that are a better fit for the family. It acknowledges and accounts for the relationships and history that exists. It keeps the focus on the family member at the center of the dispute, what are/were their wishes? Who can help us with the reasons for those wishes.
Mediation’s inherent nature – private, informal, supportive and non-confrontational – makes it particularly appropriate in these types of situations.
Mediation-Arbitration also provides the family with a private, supportive process which allows decisions to be made about the process, timelines and elements of the law to be followed.