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Chicago, IL 60611

Areas of Expertise in Resolving Conflict

  • Elder and adult family mediation
  • Probate
  • Division of personal and household effects
  • Trust and estate planning and administration
  • Wealth transfers and tax matters
  • Will and trust construction suits
  • Guardianships
  • Powers of attorney
  • Family businesses, including succession planning
  • Fiduciary duties of executors and trustees
  • Premarital, post-marital, and cohabitation agreements

Representative Matters 
The following represent some types of cases successfully mediated and resolved:

  • Litigation over various stages of trust and estate administration, such as the division of personal property, the review of accountings, or alleged undue influence and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Guardianship cases affecting the care and legal status of aging parents, with focus on preserving the elder’s dignity and avoiding unnecessary court intervention
  • Family business disputes which adversely affect business operations and succession planning, as well as family harmony
  • Trustee-beneficiary disputes with corporate or individual trustees over administrative and substantive matters, in order to minimize if not  avoid the costs and delays of litigation
  • Negotiation and implementation of contested premarital agreements, thereby avoiding hard feelings and marital discord which may otherwise be inherent with such agreements

Extensive and Specialized Training in Conflict Resolution, Including:

  • Conflict Management Coaching: The CINERGY TM Model, 2015
  • Elder Decisions, a division of Agreement Resources LLC, Newton, Massachusetts: Advanced Elder Mediation Training, 2011;
  • American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution: Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute, 2011;
  • Mediation Training and Consultation Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan: Eldercare/Adult Guardianship Mediation Training, 2010;
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC): Advanced Mediation Training, 2004


 → Read a timely article by Claudia Laws, "SAVVY SENIOR: Elder mediation can help families resolve caregiving conflicts"  on rapidcityjournal.com 

Read it here

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