Family & Probate Mediation

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that centers on a give-and-take between both parties to reach a workable solution. The mediator (a neutral third party) facilitates the resolution of discrete probate and trust issues or family law issues such as divorce, property division, child custody and spousal support (alimony). The parties can reach a full or partial agreement through mediation.

Divorce Mediation

In divorce mediation, we usually work directly with both parties and encourage them to have their own consulting attorneys as they go through the process. We also assist the parties with filing the necessary papers to start and complete the divorce process.

Like other forms of alternative dispute resolution, mediation affords the parties greater flexibility in pursuing creative problem-solving. It also avoids the time-consuming and sometimes draining process of extended litigation. For many couples, mediation makes sense as a means of conserving resources and tailoring an arrangement to best suit their needs.

Probate And Trust Mediation

When disputes arise in probate or trust administration regarding contested wills, trusts, guardianships or conservatorship, mediation is a common step toward resolving differences. Probate disputes typically involve family members or close relatives. Emotions may be running high, and it can be easy to lose perspective. Mediation allows both sides the ability to express their views and work out a possible compromise.

Built On Experience | Dedicated To Service

At Bryan · Hinshaw, a San Francisco law firm, our lawyers have extensive experience navigating family law and probate mediation. The firm's principal attorneys are mediators themselves. They have handled numerous mediations involving divorce, custody and probate matters. With strong backgrounds in the law as well as creative problem-solving skills, they excel at resolving conflicts through win-win solutions that both parties can feel good about.

Our firm offers mediation services in addition to representing individual clients. If you are facing the prospect of mediation due to an interfamily dispute, we can prepare you for it, letting you know what to expect, alerting you to potential pitfalls and protecting your interests throughout the mediation process. Our guidance can help you make the most of mediation as an opportunity to potentially achieve a favorable outcome.

We also provide comprehensive, client-centered representation in various interrelated practice areas.

Learn More About Our Mediation Services

For more information about our mediation practice, please contact us at 415-906-3085. Our office is conveniently located in the financial district of downtown San Francisco.