Most executors, who take on the responsibility of carrying out the final wishes of a deceased friend colleague or family member, complete their obligation without any problems.  But some hit unexpected issues, leaving them uncertain about how to resolve seemingly intractable problems, and, in the worst cases, exposing them to significant personal liability.

Issues might include: disagreements among beneficiaries about their share of the estate, frustrations with the executor about how quickly and effectively they are working, promises made by the deceased that are not written into their Will, lack of communication and accountability and arguments over who should have items of sentimental value.

Unless the dispute can only be dealt with by a court, mediation has a role to play in clarifying the issues, sharing people’s points of view and finding a shared solution.   The first step is making contact with a mediator, to have a conversation about your case, how mediation works and how to move forward.

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