By: Victoria Tran Sood, elder care and inheritance attorney
Three videos in this blog give a glimpse into three processes – litigation, mediation, and collaborative practice – to resolving family disputes. Choose the process that best fits your family and situation.
Conflicts Are Inevitable
No two persons are the same. Each person is unique and special because of his or her perspectives, experiences, and preferences. These differences can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts. Mediation and collaborative practice are better approaches than litigation. The main purpose of mediation and collaborative practice is to explore practical and peaceful solutions through understanding and common interests. Litigation, on the other hand, focuses on winning through blame, combative tactics, and character assassination.
Option One: Litigation
At deposition the attorneys and witness are arguing about the definition of photocopy machine instead of focusing on finding solutions that would mutually benefit the parties.
A mediator assists an employer and employee in conflict and their attorneys to find solutions through understanding and appreciating each other’s needs and concerns.
Tiger Woods and his wife had a friendly divorce thanks to collaborative practice.
You do have control over your family conflicts. Take control wisely.