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"Even though this is the hardest thing I've gone through, I thought you were a very honest and good person and was glad you were our mediator. Thank you. "  Mediation Client

Mediating Family Elder and Aging-Related Issues

The senior years can be great    Mediation can reduce conflict

Driving? Independent living? Assisted living? Living Will discussions?
Estate Planning? Nursing care in home? Skilled nursing?

There are many aging and end-of-life issues that can lead to disputes among family members. Family disputes are ideally settled between family members, without a Judge's decision. because:

  • mediated settlements are likely to yield more satisfactory long-term results for the family
  • all appropriate family members may participate in a comfortable and respectful setting
  • the solution is mutually-agreeable
  • mediation can save a lot of money
  • the mediator can model and facilitate better communication
  • mediated solutions foster better working relationships

Attorneys often involved with the issues discussed in mediation. This may be before, during, and/or after the mediations session(s). With large or complicated estates, attorney involvement is encouraged.

Mediation can be used for many kinds of family issues including estate planning, probate, every-day-life-decisions, and family business conflicts. In all cases, the preservation and restoration of working family relationships is more likely through mediation than litigation. Mediators may not dictate outcomes nor make recommendations to the Court. There is no agreement if the parties do not concur during the mediation process. Also, because of confidentiality statutes, the parties may discuss things openly and freely in front of the mediator who may not report any of the proceedings to the Court.

The end result of a successful mediation is a written and signed agreement. This may be a will or formal estate planning directives, but many other types of agreements may be made in mediation. Property settlements, inheritance arrangements, and family business agreements are often reviewed, completed and filed by attorneys.

Convenient forms and articles are provided through the menus on the left side of the page. These links may allow you to accomplish your goals on your own. If you find that the topics lead to disputes or conflict, the use of a mediator may be indicated.

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Chris Hahn enjoys helping conflicted parties through mediation... fostering as much respect and dignity as possible. He is a Full and Family Certified Mediator with the Montana Mediation Association, on the Supreme Court roster of approved mediators in North Dakota, a member of the Board of Directors of the Montana Mediation Association, and Vice President of the board of the Community Mediation Center in Bozeman.
During mediation, Dr. Hahn works with the parties to solve their disputes
   (a) through controlled discussions and respectful listening,
   (b) by helping all parties to gain insights and a fresh perspective of "the other side",
   (c) by creating a non-threatening brainstorming atmosphere to explore possible solutions,
   (d) to fine-tune and finalize a written solution.


To contact Chris Hahn about mediation, e-mail chris@constructiveagreement.com or call (406) 522-4143.

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