As with family law, trusts and estates often deal with conditions on how and when one's assets are to be distributed after death. They can be used to reduce estate and gift taxes, and if appropriately prepared, they are designed to distribute assets to heirs efficiently without the cost delay and publicity of probate courts.
Unfortunately, if a will or trust is not particularly set forth, bitter family battles can ensue. The emotional factors surrounding the death of a loved one, and the human factors of financial assets can often lead to the destruction of a family. Our mediators specialize in trusts and estates, and are very familiar with the personal, financial, and emotional strains that surround the distribution of the deceased's assets. Mediation is so much more preferable to litigation as the assets are definitive and are often depleted due to costly litigation.