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What to expect from the Mediator

By: Donald C. Turner What should one expect from the mediator?  To start the mediator should provide a mediation agreement that sets forth, at a minimum, the procedures for the mediation, the fees involved, and the confidential nature of the mediation. Once the mediation commences the mediator’s tasks are to (1)create a favorable condition for …

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5 Essential Steps to a Successful Mediation

By: Donald C. Turner Clients often ask what it takes for a mediation to be successful, i.e., result in a final resolution of the dispute between the parties. Based on my experience there are 5 steps which are essential to a successful mediation.  Those 5 steps are: (1) pick the right time to mediate, …

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Willingness to Compromise a Must in Mediation

By: Donald C. Turner A mediation is an exercise in compromise resolution.  In my all years of experience as both a mediator and as counsel to a party to a mediation I have yet to see a mediation where one party achieved everything it had originally demanded and the other party totally capitulated.  Though …

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Settlement Authority is a Prerequisite to a Successful Mediation

By: Donald C. Turner In order to maximize the possibility that a mediation will be successful the mediator needs to assure that all parties come to the mediation with the authority necessary to resolve the dispute. However with institutional parties, such as insurance companies, the representative will often have only limited authority to settle. …

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Set Aside Adequate Time to Mediate

By: Donald C. Turner If a mediation is to result in the final resolution of a dispute the parties need to understand that it may take significant time to achieve such an outcome. This is so because the mediation will first require that time be spent on permitting each party to state its position …

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How Mediation Can Save Family Wealth and Family Relationships in Pa.

By: David M. Frees III, JD Estate and Trust Dispute Mediation Estate disputes occur when the heirs of a decedent cannot agree on the division of property or assets of the decedent’s estate, either because no will was left, because the will did not incorporate or cover all assets or property being disputed, or because …

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Selecting the Mediator

By: Donald C. Turner The success of a mediation often depends on the mediator and his or her ability to bring the parties together and help them bridge the gap between their different positions. When selecting a mediator the parties should consider, among other things, the mediator’s style, the mediator’s subject matter expertise, and …

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Mediating Family Estate and Inheritance Disputes

What happens if you and your brother or sister inherit property together? Do you work well with your brother or sister? Find out how to mediate costly will and inheritance disputes by reading our article Mediation of Will and Inheritance Disputes. Mediation is a great tool to resolve estate or real estate matters involving …

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Mediation May Be Key to Saving the 2011 NFL Season

With the future of a $9 billion revenue stream at state, NFL owners and players have turned to mediation for help in finding common ground.  Representatives of the two sides met with Mediator George Cohen for 8 hours on March 1 at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C.  After 9 months of …

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