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Probate Mediation in Florida: A Path to Resolving Disputes Amicably


The probate process can be emotionally charged and complex, often giving rise to disputes among family members and beneficiaries. In Florida, as in many other states, probate mediation has emerged as a valuable tool to resolve conflicts amicably and avoid protracted legal battles. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of probate mediation in Florida, shedding light on how it serves as a path to achieving peaceful resolutions during challenging times.


Understanding Probate Mediation:


What is Probate Mediation?

Probate mediation is a voluntary process where a neutral third party, the mediator, facilitates communication and negotiation among disputing parties involved in the probate proceedings. The goal is to reach a mutually agreeable resolution without resorting to lengthy and costly litigation.


The Advantages of Probate Mediation:


1. Preserving Relationships:

  • Unlike courtroom battles, probate mediation allows parties to communicate openly and work towards resolutions that preserve family relationships. This is particularly crucial during already emotionally challenging times.

2. Cost-Effective Alternative:

  • Litigation can incur substantial legal fees and court costs. Probate mediation is often a more cost-effective alternative, saving all parties involved both time and money.

3. Timely Resolutions:

  • Mediation typically moves at a faster pace than court proceedings. This expeditious process allows disputing parties to reach resolutions promptly, minimizing stress and uncertainty.

4. Confidentiality:

  • Probate mediation is a private process, offering confidentiality to the parties involved. This can encourage more open and honest communication, fostering an environment conducive to resolution.

5. Control Over Decisions:

  • Mediation allows the parties to retain control over the outcome. Unlike court decisions, which are imposed, mediated agreements are reached voluntarily, ensuring that each party has a say in the final resolution.

The Probate Mediation Process in Florida:


1. Voluntary Participation:

  • All parties must voluntarily agree to participate in the mediation process.

2. Selection of a Mediator:

  • The parties, with the assistance of their attorneys, select a qualified and neutral mediator with expertise in probate matters.

3. Mediation Sessions:

  • The mediator facilitates discussions during scheduled sessions, guiding the parties toward finding common ground and crafting mutually agreeable solutions.

4. Agreement and Implementation:

  • If an agreement is reached, it is formalized in writing and signed by the parties. This agreement is then submitted to the court for approval and becomes a legally binding resolution.


Probate mediation in Florida serves as a beacon of hope for families facing disputes during the probate process. By providing a structured and collaborative environment, it allows parties to navigate conflicts with dignity and respect. Embracing probate mediation not only offers a more amicable path to resolution but also reinforces the idea that, even in times of loss, families can come together to find common ground and preserve the bonds that tie them.


I am pleased to confirm that David A. Yergey, Jr. and David A. Yergey, III (D3) are highly qualified and certified mediators in the state of Florida. With extensive expertise in probate mediation, David A. Yergey, Jr. and David A. Yergey, III (D3) bring a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to facilitating constructive resolutions. Their dedication to the mediation process makes them an invaluable resource for those seeking amicable solutions to probate disputes in the state of Florida.


To schedule a time for your next mediation needs, please contact the Yergey & Yergey, P.A. office at (407) 843-0430.

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