NEWS, VIDEOS, INFORMATION AND TESTIMONIALS

Mediating Family Property and Estate Conflicts: Keeping the Peace and Preserving Family Wealth

Of all of the cases I have mediated over the past 30 years, the most challenging and rewarding disputes have been those between family members over family property, estates, trusts and businesses. Brothers and sisters may fight over partnership property, but they are really sorting out old issues of sibling rivalry and dominance.

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How to Become a Successful Mediator

I have a passion for many things in life, including a passion for family, for travel and for mediation. So, to be here with my wife in Florence, one of my favorite cities in the world, together with a community of mediators, is an absolute pleasure.

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Middle East construction disputes almost double

Construction disputes in the Middle East region grew to their highest value since 2011, growing to $76.7 million last year.

Arcadis building consultancy, in its report ‘Global Construction Disputes:

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Solving the Growing Never Married Parent Dilemma for Courts and Divorce Professionals

ALMOST ONE OF EVERY FOUR BIRTHS TODAY ARE TO UNMARRIED, COHABITATING COUPLES - National Center for Health Statistics (2010)

These startling figures represent an eighty percent increase over 2002.

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In An Interdependent World There Is No Them And Us, Only Us

We have entered a fascinating period in British politics.

The old certainties are gone. The disruption caused by the General Election result will inevitably cause instability - and opportunity.

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Why Taking the High Road to Deflate “Deflategate” is Important

It’s the most talked about dispute in New England and in sports these days. Deflategate. But really, how important is this issue? Whether the league rule was violated and footballs were intentionally deflated to a weight less than the range allowed. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being most important, this topic is a 1, if that. Ask anyone who ever played football, at any level.

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Making Better Use of Mediation to Resolve Disputes and Manage Difficult Issues

What do we mean by mediation?

Mediation encourages parties who have – or who anticipate having – differences, conflict or a dispute to sit down and talk, with a view to finding a mutually acceptable way forward. It is usually most appropriate when,

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Designing a Successful Parenting Plan

Here are several important issues you should think about as you design your parenting plan. Virginia Satir, a well-known psychologist in the family and divorce field, once said, “Parents are teachers of human beings, not owners of human beings.” This is a wise view to keep in mind when creating your parenting plan. A child needs the love and affection of both parents, but they also need both as teachers.

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'Mediation' an option, according to people suing Flint over its high water bills

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit to reduce Flint's high water bills say they would like to reach a deal.Soon after taking the job in 2011, former Flint emergency manager Michael Brown hiked the city's water and sewer rates.  The lawsuit claims Brown violated city ordinances by imposing the rate hike. The suit also contends that Michigan’s emergency manager law didn’t give him the authority to do that. A lower court found that state law did give Brown the authority and dismissed the lawsuit. Attorney Val Washington holds a binder with information on Flint residents with liens

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TESTIMONIALS

Connie Theron, Practising Attorney - UCT Law Clinic
“While working at the University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic and later at the UCT Law Clinic, I found the pro bono mediation services of Gerrie van der Watt of the Mediation Centre to be highly professional and extremely effective in our divorce matters. It is fantastic that our clients, with little or no financial means, can benefit from such an excellent programme.

The mediators are able to provide a non-threatening environment in which the clients are able to talk openly about issues that matter most to them, but which the Court in a divorce matter may choose not to entertain. Through the mediation sessions, the clients are able to reach an agreement together which ultimately they are both happy with. In cases where mediation did not yield the result of a settlement, the process was still extremely valuable, giving the parties better perspective and highlighting the key issues in dispute.”