I Don’t Care Who Started It!

I have said this since I read it in “David Goes to School” by David Shannon: “I don’t care who started it!” I say it to my kids and I have been saying it to clients both as an attorney and as a mediator. Contrary to popular opinion, figuring out whose fault it does...

Mediation = Low Risk and Giant Payoff

Interest-based negotiation is such an important part of problem-solving. Too often people get locked up in positions and fail to ask the key question(s) that would reveal the underlying interests. But how do we get to those interests? Not in litigation. Once you...

“The Talk”

“The Talk” The 1 hour show discussed having “the talk” with family members regarding their mortality and issues surrounding end of life ranging from medical decisions, living arrangements and money. This is a topic we have been discussing in open forums and have...

Psycho Ex-Wife Blog

So sad that this is what this family has been torn down to… A freedom of speech battle. This is an example of conflict defining the relationship. In the core of this issue are two adults who have not managed their conflict and due to the unresolved hurt and need for...

Forgiveness is Key to Moving Forward in Life

We had a mediation yesterday that reached a resolution regarding issues that needed addressing immediately. We noticed, however, that one party was still very unhappy. When asked why the party gave answers that when summed up revealed that the party is still carrying...