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I left the practice of litigation 21 years ago to found a firm built on mediation and the promotion of peaceful, cost effective, and sustainable resolutions though quality dialogue. It isn’t only my business—it’s my mission.
Issues that parties may seek to resolve in mediation include disputes among adult siblings, financial matters, residence issues, estate planning, sale of assets, medical treatment, and, of course, who should be guardian.
Long active in elder law and mediation and the blended area known as elder mediation, the author discusses elder mediation training objectives developed by the ACR Section on Elder Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution Training Standards Committee.
Some family frictions erupt in fireworks! At that point, the elder’s safety, well-being, or financial resources may be at risk. A new “coordination” process is now being developed as an option for high-conflict families caring for an elder: “eldercaring coordination.”
SeniorLAW Center began in response to ABA research in the 1970s showing that seniors were the country’s most underserved population and that their needs were not met by traditional legal aid providers. The Center now serves 8,000 Pennsylvanians each year.
Helping your clients deal with the decline and death of a loved one is profoundly difficult. Not everyone can find the words to walk clients gently through this difficult time. Lawyers can only do so much. Poets, though, can provide a different perspective.
The adversarial method of seeking truth should be modified in mediations. Mediations dependent on lawyering skills have become too combative, drawing litigators to ADR and depressing the use of mediation. This has been especially unfortunate for seniors.
What makes conflict resolution in the context of aging different from other conflict resolution? The number of birthdays of the parties should not necessarily affect the kinds of conflicts, the dispute resolution skills needed, or the process of resolution. But it does.
The 2014 Afghan experience, like the 2000 Florida experience, involved the nonviolent transfer of civil authority. In both elections, the process was hampered by the lack of clear and predetermined standards for questioned ballots.
While being selected to serve as estate executor reflects a high degree of trust, the wise attorney should take certain precautions and fulfill his or her role with due diligence and integrity.
One of the most frequent requests I get for information relates to limiting one’s exposure to identity theft and privacy invasion. Unfortunately, seniors, who generally came to the Internet late in life, often subject themselves to needless risk and exposure.
Some lawyers consider "recareering" in retirement in the fields of mediation and arbitration. These ADR roles occur in fairly friendly settings with all the familiar lingo. However, lawyers should use their lawyerly skills to check a number of ethics issues.