Though mediation can be a useful tool in resolving disputes in a range of cases – in fact, it is now required in divorces and all civil law cases in York County – it is a particularly beneficial tool in the area of probate.

That is because emotions usually run high at first in probate cases, as families process their grief at the same time they’re dealing with difficult legalities. Oftentimes, once parties take the opportunity to sit down with a neutral third party they find themselves working toward common ground and away from a protracted legal battle.

A certified civil court mediator since 2009, Morton & Gettys partner John Gettys focuses much of his mediation practice on probate. He’s helped families find solutions for issues of incapacitated loved ones, and he’s assisted heirs in selecting personal representatives. He’s also mediated probate cases involving distribution of assets and appointment of guardians or conservators.

As a mediator, Gettys does not mandate solutions or dictate decisions. Instead, he listens carefully to both sides and helps them begin a dialogue. Often, that dialog can lead to a collaborative consensus that cuts short expensive and lengthy litigation.

If you are involved in an estate where various sides are having difficulty reaching an agreement, talk to Morton & Gettys to learn how probate mediation could help.


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