Elder Resolution Partners
Critical elder care decisions about asset use, health directives and shared responsibilities can cause disagreements, stress and conflict among adult siblings and their aging parents. The first steps toward conflict resolution and family peace can be the most difficult. At Elder Resolution Partners we carefully guide client families through productive conversations to help them make decisions and reach lasting agreements. Our methods are proven.
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Elder Resolution Partners specialize in:
Promoting respectful, productive family conversations
Elder care mediation
Elder Resolution Partners
Marci Barrett and Cynthia Saffir
Family conversations, especially those about elder care, can be highly stressful and emotional. Our services are designed to make those discussions easier for your family, even when family members haven't spoken to each other in years. We will gently and professionally guide you, your adult siblings, and your parents through respectful, productive conversations to reach lasting agreements.
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Marci L. Barrett
Marci is a respected mediator, known for being a thoughtful listener and creative problem solver. She is an industry leader in the early resolution of family conflicts through mediation, facilitated family meetings and interpersonal communication strategies.
Cynthia R. Saffir
Cynthia is highly regarded for her ability to bring together families in conflict. Her sensitivity and active listening skills make her stand out as an exceptional family meeting facilitator, elder care family mediator, and communication strategist.
Our specialized mediation services are designed to meet your family’s needs:
Elder Care Mediation / Family Meeting Facilitation
We help families like yours talk about difficult topics. We structure and guide you through conversations in a way that ensures each family member is heard and treated with respect. We bring family members together — some of whom haven't had a civil conversation in years. Our clients come from all walks and stages of life; they include adult siblings, aging parents, blended families, spouses and partners.
As well-established mediators, we firmly believe family disputes are best resolved in the living room, not the courtroom. One way to keep your family’s conflicts out of court is to choose mediation before lines are drawn in the sand and attorneys are hired. We work with families before court proceedings are even considered, but we also work with those who are already represented by attorneys in an effort to resolve disputes before court hearings or trials in order to avoid the high cost, time delays and ultimate uncertainties of court proceedings.
We strive to promote open and honest dialogue among family members in order to resolve disputes, with or without attorneys present.
Examples of family issues we help with
Use of family assets
Family members don’t always see eye-to-eye about the best ways to use or preserve family funds or assets. Disputes may arise over use of assets for expenses related to care of an aging loved one, maintenance of property, division of assets during a divorce, or distribution of assets in connection with settlement of an estate. We at Elder Resolution Partners help families explore their options, work collaboratively to identify their needs and concerns, and reach agreements. Through mediation and meeting facilitation we can help prevent depletion of your family’s assets by working through disagreements in a private, confidential and comfortable setting.
While there has been more and more talk about the value of “end of life planning” as a way to make sure your wishes are followed in the hours or minutes before death, we believe the discussion should encompass a greater timeline. We encourage you to be the architect of the rest of your life, not just your dying moments. We will guide your family through a discussion about the twists and turns life may bring and empower you and your family to explore options, discuss philosophical differences, work through difficult subjects, and achieve clarity in order to avoid family conflict about your choices for the rest of your life..
Simple communication can be difficult when your family is embroiled in conflict. We are highly skilled communication coaches who help individuals, couples, families and teams improve and enhance communication. We’re also available to attend family gatherings in order to help alleviate tensions and mediate on the spot any potentially disruptive conflicts that may arise.
Family Business Conflict
Being in business with family members doesn't guarantee there won't be conflict about day-to-day operations or important company decisions. When there are bumps in the road, we facilitate conversations to help iron out issues and prevent business conflict from spilling over into family relationships.
The families that come to us are all different. Some just don’t know how to talk about difficult issues they or their parents are be facing, while some haven’t spoken in so long that they have trouble just being in the same room together. What they all have in common though is the knowledge that they need to find a way to talk to each other, put old disagreements behind them, make decisions as a family, and figure out how to make future communication possible. Here are some of their stories.
“We (my sisters and I) are communicating more and with greater ease [since our mediation with Cynthia and Marci].." — Bob B., Lassen, CA
"The mediation, led by Cynthia and Marci, went much better than I thought it would, although I tried to be positive about the entire situation. We went in.... not knowing what to expect, and there were times I thought we’d kill each other. But, when it was all said and done, the walls had been torn down (for the most part) and I think we realized that if we all want the best for our parent, we need to communicate. So far so good!" — Allison R., Riverside, CA
“Elder Resolution Partners are excellent family meeting facilitators. We as a family have not been able to talk so productively in years." - Cathy R., Valencia, CA
“We couldn’t keep going on with how it was with our family. There were too many secrets and far too many misunderstandings. Marci and Cynthia saved us! Thank you for helping us get through this difficult time. We’re closer as a family than we have been in a very long time."
— Mary, Heidi, Michelle, Will, & Lisa
"I highly recommend Elder Resolution Partners for any family mediation services. Cynthia and Marci helped us work through our issues, come to agreements, listen to each other, and get us all on the same page. Thank you Cynthia and Marci for enabling us to sit down together and accomplish broadening our lines of communications, and guiding us closer to our goals." — Kiki P., Los Angeles, CA