Wills, Probate & Trust Mediation

How can mediation help?

Making a will often brings a sense of long term security knowing that your loved ones know exactly what to do if the worst should happen. However it is far from unusual for challenges to be brought agaisn’t how an estate is distributed, regardless of whether a will is in place or not. Sadly out of necessity these challenges are often brought at the worst possible time, when families are already suffering the loss of their loved one. 

In these circumstances, legal costs can be significant. The costs often reduce the estate to the extent that little is left for distribution and proceedings can be drawn out. All of this places significant extra strain on families at a time when other matters need urgent attention. It is also not unusual for parties to explain that their application goes beyond the money. Either they simply wish to uphold the choices their loved one made and so oppose the challenge or they feel that a will is unjust given the care they gave or the lack given by others. These are of course just some of the difficulties we hear raised by parties. 

What we are told is that parties wish more than just the distribution of money that the Court can order, they want a fair distribution of assets. They often also want to hear the other side accept the role they played or to discuss the way things happened before they can move on. For this reason Court is unlikely to be able to give the ‘justice’ that they want. 

In mediation we move beyond the pure legal facts. We explore what happened and what can be done. We create agreements and solutions that offer what each party wants and needs, leaving all parties satisfied that the outcome was the right one. 

More than this we offer the above faster than going through the Courts, one of our recent cases had been with the parties solicitors for 4 years at the time of mediation. The case settled within a day, albeit that the parties stayed till 7pm with the mediator. What was more the parties were happy and walked away with answers that they had asked for all along. 

As well as time, we save money. It costs far less to proceed through mediation than it does to take a case through to final hearing, lower costs preserving as much of the estate as possible. After all your loved one wanted you to have their hard earned money, not us lawyers. 

Why should I use NDR

What we would call Private Client Law is the heart of National Dispute Resolution. We have a first class reputation for our Inheritance, Trust and Court of Protection work as well as our services to businesses and investment concerns. 

With a panel of mediators who primarily practice in this area and a market leading clerking and support team behind them your case is in safe hands throughout. 

NDR is commonly instructed to mediate estates in the millions of pounds upwards, but no matter the size of the estate whether it is £40 million or £40 thousand the situation and our quality of service is the same. You couldn’t be in safer hands that with NDR.

Our Fees

  • Up to £80,000 claim value £495

    Per Party Inc VAT

  • Up to £250,000 claim value £1195

    Per Party Inc VAT

  • Over £250,000 claim value £1695

    Per Party Inc VAT

Maxine Nutting
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Alex did a fantastic job resolving issues prior to mediation which allowed matters to be resolved quickly
Mr Ahmed
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The case was with our solicitors for 4 years and wasn't really goign anywhere. I'm still in shock it settled by 4pm, I though our solicitor was mad when he suggested mediation.
Probate Mediation
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A case which had been on our books for nearly 3 years settled in a day and allowed us to concentrate on other matters. Our clients were happy that they achieved more than they expected through litigation