Mediation is a confidential process used to resolve conflicts in an amicable manner. An impartial mediator directs the process and facilitates the communication between the parties in an effort to identify pertinent issues, clarify any misunderstandings, explore solutions, and negotiate a mutually satisfactory agreement.
When a family needs a quality conversation to make decisions that might include the health, well-being, financial management, and end of life decisions of a loved one, a family mediation is ideal. The mediation can be held at our conference room. The objective is to have the family together and to make decisions that support the relationship of the whole family. We strive for a quality conversation that is assisted by a neutral third party, the mediator.
WHAT HAPPENS IN MEDIATION?
The mediator welcomes the participants and explains the mediation process, the mediator's role in the process and the rules of mediation. The participants present the issues they want to resolve, explore their interests and options and look for a mutual resolution. If the parties reach an agreement and sign it, this agreement may have the validity of a contract.
WHY CHOOSE MEDIATION?
Family dynamics are complicated. They have taken years to evolve and they are further compounded by the transitions inherent in the changing lifestyle, relationships and needs of an elder. Family disputes that have been simmering for years often can obscure the best intentions of all involved.
Mediation enables proactive families to have good discussions and opportunities to resolve conflict that potentially could tear them apart, financially and emotionally. In mediated family meetings, everyone has the opportunity to privately explore the needs and feelings of all involved and to deal rationally with the problems and issues under discussion outside of a courtroom. The family knows what is best for them and mediation gives them the vehicle to make their own best decisions.