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.


 
Family Relationships

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
 Disinheritance
 "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. 


Dr. Grether's office in Carlsbad is conveniently located to San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties for in-person services. He also provides Nationwide VideoMediation (videoconferencing), and TeleMediation (telephone mediation) services.

 

Craig B. Grether, Ph.D.
2173 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
Carlsbad, California 92008
Phone: (760) 477-8585
Toll Free: (877) 654- JUST (5878)

Copyright © 2004 - by Craig B. Grether, Ph.D..
All rights are reserved.

Dr. Grether's office in Carlsbad is conveniently located to San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties for in-person services. He also provides Nationwide VideoMediation (videoconferencing), and TeleMediation (telephone mediation) services.

Craig B. Grether, Ph.D.
2173 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
Carlsbad, California 92008
Phone: (760) 477-8585
Toll Free: (877) 654- JUST (5878)

Copyright © 2004 - by Craig B. Grether, Ph.D..
All rights are reserved.