Probate mediation resolves three types of disputes. The first is similar to Eldercare and occurs when there is a conflict over the “guardianship”or care and maintenance of an elderly individual. The second occurs when there is a conflict over the “guardianship” of a minor child such as grandparents or other family members who are raising a child instead of the parent/s and seek to be guardians over the child. The third is when conflict arises over a will, estate or trust. Examples would be acrimony over a decedents estate, a dispute over a trust or conflicts between trustees and beneficiaries. These cases involve family and close personal relationships and are most appropriately resolved in mediation where relationships can be preserved and families can move forward together. Some families are choosing to use mediation at the time of estate planning to resolve issues that might arise later.