As parents age and become more dependent, most families face major conflicts with each other. These disagreements may occur over financial decisions, guardianship issues, medical treatment decisions, and inheritance issues.
When it comes to matters affecting the family, court should always be a last resort. With Applegate & Dillman Elder Law mediation, we help families navigate the aging process and the many challenges they face as circumstances change. Rather than choosing sides and fighting a fight that no one will win, we bring everyone to the table to discuss the care a family member receives.
We opened the Applegate & Dillman Elder Law Mediation Center in Zionsville to help families resolve conflict without court intervention.
What Is Mediation?
This is a type of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that entails an interactive process where a neutral third party helps conflicting parties resolve their disputes through a structured communication and negotiation method. Mediation allows the involved parties to discuss their problems, identify conflict areas, and clear up misunderstandings in a way that is not possible in a court procedure.
In a mediation, parties are encouraged to participate in discussion. However, the mediator has no power to make a binding decision without authorization from both parties. The mediator’s sole responsibility is to help the parties reach a mutually satisfactory agreement.
Who Benefits from Mediation?
Mediation helps family members, relatives, and caregivers charged with the care of the elderly attain amicable solutions without going to court.
What Are the Benefits of Mediation?
- Promotes mutually satisfactory results – Both parties can decide on their next course of action. As a result, parties are more satisfied with the solutions they create.
- Provides safe and confidential space to address disagreements – Unlike court cases that are made public, most mediation processes are confidential.
- Ensures that the elderly parents receive the absolute best care – Mediated settlements help address both parties’ interests, which can help restore and preserve relationships. The mutual agreement can help ensure the elder parent receives improved care.
- Both parties are given a chance to decide – Everyone participating in mediation is allowed to contribute and make decisions based on their own best interests.
- Informality – Unlike the formal court process, mediation is informal and less intimidating. There are no hard and strict rules for this process. This flexibility allows the conflicting parties to find the best route to agreement.
Why Hire Applegate & Dillman Elder Law for Mediation?
We work with highly trained mediators who are experienced in settling disputes related to elder law matters. While there are other mediators who may be hired to help resolve elder law disputes, these matters often involve a complex web of financial, health, and family related considerations. The team at Applegate & Dillman Elder Law specializes in elder law mediation and acts as neutral parties to help families resolve their conflicts and reach a fair settlement. We can help family members and caretakers have a holistic perspective on the health and legal needs of the elderly.
Contact Us Today
Mediation can help conflicting parties see and understand each other’s views and improve communication to reach faster solutions. At Applegate & Dillman Elder Law, your family can discuss complex issues with the help of a neutral facilitator. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or make inquiries.