Solving Inheritance Disputes with Mediation

Death of a loved family member is an unfortunate affair, and if it is followed by inheritance disputes regarding the will of the deceased, the situation becomes even more difficult for everyone to handle. There is often a scope of miscommunication regarding wills, which leads to disappointment and a sense of dissatisfaction if a party thinks that he or she was supposed to be left something which the will does not reflect in its terms. 

If matters take the wrong turn, such disputes can prove to be ugly enough to alienate siblings and cousins, and end up in massive fractures in the family. It is important that you try to reach an amicable solution regarding will and probate disputes through mediation by National Family Mediation Service Swindon

Why should you hire a mediator and not a lawyer?

The process of mediation is less formal, less expensive, private and confidential, and definitely faster and less stressful than court. Fighting over the property due to inheritance disputes can actually lower down its value, and court proceedings drag on cases forever and good lawyers are generally very expensive. 

Therefore, even after the dispute is resolved, the value of the property will likely have reduced quite a lot, along with a large portion of the money absorbed by the sky-high legal expenses. This will lead to further disappointment and unhappiness within the family, which is not desirable. Mediation provides a greater and more comfortable scope of communication to resolve issues where everyone gets to put forward their opinions in the presence of a professional. The process takes less time and the family relations are not damaged as much.

What should you do?

First and foremost, you have to informally notify the other parties, although it is not mandatory per se. For example, if you have been thinking about solving the dispute through mediation, and you have already talked to your chosen mediator at National Family Mediation Service Swindon, but you do not know what the other parties may be thinking, just make them know that you are proposing a solution of the dispute via mediation services. 

If you are comfortable, you can simply give a call to the external parties, otherwise, if relations are strained at the moment, you may ask someone like the personal representative of the estate to inform them about mediation and its benefits. Technically you are not required to notify everyone, but as mediation is a process where everyone must be voluntarily involved, it’s highly suggested that you do so. Once everyone agrees to sit together and discuss over the dispute in the presence of a mediator, the mediation process will begin and hopefully lead towards an amicable solution at the earliest.