This is a special program on probate, trust, estate and conservatorship mediation designed to satisfy the six-hour training requirement of the Alameda County Superior Court for membership on the panel as a probate mediator. The program will be led by some of the most experienced practitioners and specialists in the field and will include both practical and theoretical examination of the dynamics of working with adult families in conflict. Participants will learn through a dynamic variety of presentation, interactive discussion and role play exercises.
We will begin with a presentation on the reasons the Court has distinguished Probate Court cases from other civil cases in the mediation program and some of the reasons that mediation is particularly appropriate in this area. We will discuss the most common legal issues arising in the context of care for an aging family member, estate management and contested wills and trusts. We will also develop understanding of the psychology of loss as well as physical and mental changes and capacity issues associated with aging that are critical to working effectively with parties in these cases. Finally, we will explore management of some of the common dynamics in these cases such as intense emotion and multiple parties.