Resolving Estate Disputes with Settlement Conferences

You should speak to your lawyer about alternatives to resolve estate disputes without going to trial. This includes mediation using a third party mediator.

If you have tried mediation and it was unsuccessful, consider a settlement conference. You’ll get real benefit from such a conference by following these three steps:

  1. making sure you and your lawyer invest enough time to prepare a proper settlement brief;
  2. knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your case including the facts, law and your witnesses; and
  3. scheduling the settlement conference long before trial preparations get serious.  That way you will not have consumed too much of your money getting ready for a trial you managed to avoid.

A settlement conference can be a great exit strategy to avoid going to trial. Discuss it with your lawyer.