Trusts, Wills and Probate
Sometimes because of long running and unresolved family issues, disputes involving inheritance and trusts can be deeply personal and acrimonious. Whether relating to the adequacy of provision for beneficiaries under a will, the application of intestacy provisions, or the creation, validity and management of trusts, issues are often both complicated and sensitive. The modern day widening of family relationships increases the range of potential claimants and beneficiaries, and emotions run high, often leading to difficult and unsuccessful direct negotiations between the parties, and sometimes even putting a substantial proportion of the estate's value at risk of being extinguished through legal fees.
Dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation are therefore regularly used to assist in inheritance cases, offering both swift resolutions for the parties and ensuring costs are not detrimental to the estate or the trust in question. Such processes also provide for a private airing of sensitive family issues, sometimes even providing an opportunity for families to address concerns and put the past behind them.
CEDR's specialist team comprising lawyers, ex judges, trusts professionals, accountants and bankers, bring with them a combination of both private client and litigation expertise and have a track record of resolving complex and probate disputes, frequently with an international dynamic.
Our highly experienced mediators and neutrals can also assist with consultancy assignments to develop organisational capability and capacity for resolving conflict including dispute systems design, introducing mediation, developing formal policies and procedures, establishing informal communication protocols and coaching managers and teams through change.