Mediation in Trust, Probate, and Estate Litigation

The benefits of mediation include confidentiality, costs savings and ultimate control over the outcome.

Mediation in Trust, Probate, and Estate Litigation

The possibility of a settlement must always be considered.

The loss of a loved one coupled with actual and/or perceived impropriety in the handling of the deceased’s estate understandably creates a high level of emotions. Unfortunately, these issues and the emotions they generate tend to strain and, at times, even destroy the relationships of the family and friends of those with an interest in the estate.

Mediation often provides a path for resolving trust, probate and estate litigation while, at the same time, helping to preserve the relationships of those involved. In contrast to litigation, which pits family member against family member in a court setting, mediation utilizes a third party in an informal setting to help the parties understand the issues involved and how they are likely to be decided in an effort to reach an agreement that everyone can embrace. The primary benefits of mediation include confidentiality, costs savings and ultimate control over the outcome.

When appropriate, Smith Hall Strongin, LLP utilizes mediation to take the matter out of the court’s hands and foster a mutually acceptable resolution in keeping with our clients’ best interests.