By: David M. Frees III & Steve Lagoy
Some mediation cases may take a half day or, at maximum, a full day of mediation, but estate, trust, and family business mediation processes can be substantially more complex and require several full days of mediation services before a mutually agreeable conclusion can be reached. A Pennsylvania mediator can go over the specifics of your dispute and help conclude as quickly as possible.
Family disputes sometimes have a way of becoming tense, so the pace of an estate or family business mediation may be decreased if exchanges become too fractious, so that more time can be spent airing emotional undercurrents and establishing common ground.
As a general rule of thumb, the more significant the assets and estates involved in the dispute, and the more parties involved in a dispute, the longer mediation will take. There is no fixed rule on how long mediation can take, and mediation can end when either party decides to stop. Because mediation is wholly voluntarily, both parties participate of their own free accord.
Even if you are court ordered to go through mediation, you can object within 14 days of that order being signed by the judge, although most estate dispute mediations are voluntary and are used as a means of preventing any court litigation.
Estate, trust, and family business mediation sessions are generally split into half-days (4 hours) and may be conducted at regular intervals or in one concentrated span of time – this determination is entirely up to the disputing parties, although your Pennsylvania mediator may be able to offer insight on which schedule is preferable for the type of conflict you have.
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An estate dispute can shatter a family bond and drain an estate of valuable assets and resources. Our firm is dedicated to providing unparalleled and uncompromised mediation services to our clients. Contact a Pennsylvania mediator for more information on how the Law Offices of Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees can help you. Call us today – 1-610-692-1371.