If you have a loved one who passed away recently, and you or someone else has an issue with the contents of his or her will — or lack thereof — you may find yourself in an Oregon probate court, fighting things out. Rather than estate litigation, though, you could consider mediation as an alternative to going to court. Why might you want to take a chance on mediation?

Mediation works — in most cases. In order for it to be effective, all involved parties have to be willing to talk and negotiate. It does not matter how complex the issues at hand may be. It can work if all parties are eager to put in the effort to make it work.

The simple truth is, no one really wants to go to court. No one wants to fight things out in front of a judge. No one wants the expense of a long, drawn-out trial. If there is any chance that an alternative dispute resolution method may be effective, most people would be willing to at least try it before taking a case to court. There is certainly no harm in doing so.

Mediation can keep your estate issues private. It can take less time to resolve the matter, and it can save you money in the long run by allowing you to avoid the various expenses that accompany litigating a case in an Oregon probate court. Mediation does not mean you cannot have legal counsel assisting you with your case. You most certainly can have an attorney present during your negotiation sessions, or you may have one on standby to review any proposed agreements and offer advice before accepting anything, so you can be sure you end up walking away with a fair deal. To learn more about this and other alternatives to litigation, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.