Trust and estate cases can be quite complex, and often involve strained family relationships, as well as a bank or attorney serving as a fiduciary. Combining legal and financial intricacies with the highly-charged emotional conflicts between family members can result in protracted, expensive litigation. In a non-adversarial setting like mediation provides, all parties have an opportunity to be heard in a controlled and guided environment. A combination of facilitative and evaluative mediation techniques can assist the parties in reaching an agreement. A mediator helps get all the issues and interests on the table for discussion (facilitation) and then presents legal aspects that may apply (evaluative) for all parties to consider as they work towards an agreement. During Richard Sievers’ experience as an appellate court judge, he reviewed many cases on appeal that involved the administration of trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and estates. Studying trial records and the applicable law in such cases, and authoring numerous opinions involving factual details and legal analysis, makes Richard the perfect mediator to help parties find resolution because of the legal expertise developed as a judge for 21 years. Also important, though, is the calm and reassuring demeanor Richard brings to mediations. In family conflicts arising in these areas of law, it is helpful to have a mediator not only with the credibility of unparalleled credentials, but one who is also capable of helping the parties’ maintain emotional control so that reason can prevail.

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