When to Call an Elder Mediator

Smart Money

August 31, 2012

When family battles over an elder are ready to boil over, it may be time to call in an expert. Mediation is hard work. Family members today often are scattered across the country; siblings frequently are pigeonholed in decades-old roles (the pretty one, the smart one); agreements normally aren’t binding in the eyes of the law, unless an attorney drafts a contract; and happy endings aren’t guaranteed. An elder mediator’s commitment to addressing such problems, “can minimize a lot of suffering.”

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