Estate & Inheritance Disputes
“Family Dynamics: Beyond the Law?”
"In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future."
Alex Haley, American Novelist, 1921 - 1992.
"Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him."
Johann Kaspar Lavater, Swiss Writer, 1741 - 1801.
Families come in all shapes and sizes. Some families gather regularly throughout the year, others gather only at holidays or celebrations. Many families enjoy pleasant and often rewarding relationships between and among adult siblings, spouses, life partners, children and cousins. Relationships in other families may be only tolerable. Nonetheless, these relationships foster a sense of belonging and history. Preserving family ties establishes a positive and meaningful legacy for generations to come.
Life Change & Family Dynamics
Many parents plan for the inevitability of death. They have prepared a legally sound Last Will and Testament and Family Trust. Their affairs are in order; their wishes expressed.
Eventually elderly parents die. Family members experience grief over the loss of their loved one. While coming to terms with the pain of loss the parents' estate must be settled. This settlement process increases the stress of loss which can magnify long-standing frustrations, conflicts, distrust and disappointments between and among adult siblings and other heirs. Grief and negativity can produce (1) Intense emotions which cloud the interpretation of the parents' Will and Trust; (2) Family dynamics of disagreement and conflict that overshadow the law; and (3) Threats of litigation that fracture family relationships. This results in a downward spiral which dissolves and destroys relationships between and among heirs.
Preserving Family Ties: Conflict Management
Estate Mediation, Facilitation & Consultation is the sensible alternative to lengthy and expensive litigation. Dr. Grether is a Clinical Psychologist with specialized knowledge, skills and experience in the family dynamics of conflict management. Utilizing his services, resolution can be achieved in frequently encountered areas of estate and inheritance disputes:
Parent's "True" Intent
Parent's Mental Capacity in Retrospect
Perceived Parental Favoritism
Defining the Family Legacy
Procedure for Dividing Personal Property
Valuing the Value of Sentimental Possessions
Valuing Property to be Sold/Proceeds Distributed
Unequal Division of Property/Proceeds
"Rightful" Heir Following Divorce/Remarriage with Children
Economic/Education Disparity of Adult Siblings
Executor's Fiduciary Performance
Demand for Early Distribution of Trust Funds
Adult Siblings Behavioral History
Physically or Mentally Challenged Heir
Dr. Grether provides the structure, process and expert intervention to resolve inheritance disputes and preserve family ties passing on a positive legacy to future generations. His approach is designed to Achieve Resolution and Preserve Relationships.