Information for Prospective Probate MediatorsThe Probate Mediation Program handles cases on topics such as:
- Disputes over estates
- Guardianships of minors
- Guardianships and conservatorships of incapacitated adults*
Information for Prospective Probate Mediators 2*Guardians are responsible for the physical well-being of an incapacitated adult; conservators are responsible for ensuring the best use of their finances.
- Probate matters are referred to mediation by a judge. A trained mediator assists the parties and their attorneys to communicate their positions and issues, and to explore possible settlement options. The mediator does not give an evaluation or opinion of the case, but rather helps the parties formulate a mutually acceptable agreement. To ensure an efficient process, the parties must complete discovery prior to the mediation session and submit a Confidential Settlement Statement (CSS) to the program manager. Probate mediators review the CSS in advance of the mediation session to assess the posture of the case and ascertain the level of negotiation that has occurred prior to judicial involvement in the case. Mediators are expected to call representatives from both sides of the case to learn as much as possible about the progress of negotiations before the mediation session takes place.
- Probate mediations usually take 2-4 hours, and are scheduled throughout the week. If an agreement is reached in mediation, the mediator will draft an agreement document and submit it to the judge for approval. If an agreement is not reached in mediation, the parties and their attorneys will proceed to court according to their scheduling order.
- It is required that all probate mediators be attorneys currently barred in any state.
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- Currently, Multi-Door is not recruiting mediators for the Probate Mediation Program.
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