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Section Meeting

A Matter of Trust: Challenges of Mediating Inheritance Disputes

Richard J. Collier

It is not just the intensity of emotions that challenges the mediator in inheritance disputes. Challenges arise also from the range of interests that need to be considered, including some that might not be represented at the mediation, trying to clarify what the real issues and sources of dispute are, meeting (or ignoring) Probate Code and tax code strictures, and ethical dilemmas posed by attorney-client and multi-party tensions. By discussing these and other challenges, the speaker will also be eliciting ideas for overcoming them, before, during, and after the mediation session.

* Please use the back entrance closest to the parking garage and take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

1.0 CLE | General

Lunch Included with Program


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03/15/2018 12:00 PM 03/15/2018 1:30 PM America/Los_Angeles Section Meeting A Matter of Trust: Challenges of Mediating Inheritance Disputes Wells Fargo Bank 2nd Flr Conference Room, 1203 4th Street, San Rafael, CA, 94901 Marin County Bar Association false MM/DD/YYYY


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Date and Location

Thursday | March 15, 2018

Wells Fargo Bank 2nd Flr Conference Room
1203 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Speaker Information

Richard J. Collier

Richard J. Collier has a litigation and ADR practice with Cooper, White & Cooper LLP. His litigation practice focuses on trust and probate disputes in which he has represented beneficiaries and trustees, both individual and corporate, in breach of fiduciary duty, surcharge, and prohibited transferee actions, and actions to interpret or modify trust instruments. He trained as a mediator in 1993 and has mediated over 400 disputes covering a wide range of subjects, number of parties, and dollar amounts, including numerous inheritance disputes. He is a Past President of the Mediation Society and, with Dana Curtis, chaired the BASF Mediation Committee for many years. He serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association and as a mediator and neutral evaluator for the Northern District of California United States District Court's ADR Program. Before practicing law, Mr. Collier taught in the English Department at UC Berkeley, where he received the University's Distinguished Teaching Award.