Bridging Family Divides

Your Partners for productive Elder-Care conversations, 
Conflict Resolution, and Rest-of-Life Planning™
Serving Families Like Yours Throughout Southern California. 

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Elder Resolution Partners

Families often grow apart to the point where they forget how to calmly communicate. Critical elder care decisions about asset use, health directives and shared responsibilities can cause great turmoil and pain among adult siblings and their aging parents. The first steps toward conflict resolution and family peace are always the most difficult. At Elder Resolution Partners, we carefully guide client families through productive conversations to help them reach lasting agreements. Our methods are proven.

Take that first step on the way to family harmony!

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Elder Resolution Partners specialize in:

Promoting respectful, productive dialogue

Elder care mediation

Conflict resolution

Rest-of-Life Planning™

Communication coaching



Life Can Be Puzzling


Elder Resolution Partners

Marci Barrett and Cynthia Saffir   

Elder care mediation is a highly sensitive, emotional and personal endeavor. We counsel parents and children who haven't spoken to each other in years. Just being together in the same room can expose old wounds and cause enormous pain. We carefully and professionally guide families through respectful, productive conversations to reach lasting agreements. We're here for you!


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Marci L. Barrett 

A highly respected mediator, Marci Barrett has worked with families, businesses and individuals in all types of dispute resolution proceedings for more than two decades. Widely known for being a thoughtful listener and creative problem solver, Marci is a specialist in the early resolution of conflicts through mediation, facilitated family meetings and interpersonal communication strategies.

Mediation Training

  • Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution, Mediation Training

  • La Sierra University Center for Conflict Resolution, Essentials of Elder Family Mediation Training

  • Southern California Mediation Association, Elder Family Mediation Seminar

  • National Association of Insurance Professionals, Communicate with Confidence course and competition


  • University of Southern California School of Law, Juris Doctor awarded 1989

  • Admitted to State Bar of California, 1989

  • California State University Northridge, Bachelor of Arts 1986

Cynthia R. Saffir

Cynthia Saffir practiced law for nearly 30 years, during which time she honed her considerable listening and negotiating skills. Highly regarded for her ability to bring families in conflict together, Cynthia shares her passion for and success in mediation and resolution. She works efficiently and effectively in the areas of family meeting facilitation, family mediation and family business.   

Mediation Training:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Services, Advanced Mediation Practicum

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Comm., Mediation Training

  • Amer. Institute of Mediation, Advanced Conflict Resolution Strategies

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Mediating the Litigated Case

  • L.A. City Attorney’s Office, Mediating Civil Harassment Disputes

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution

  • Los Angeles County Bar Assn. Center for Civic Mediation, Elder Care Mediation Training

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Advanced Mediation Skills

  • La Sierra University/ARMS, Essentials of Elder Family Mediation Training

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA), Arbitrator Training

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution/LASC Supplemental Training: Sharpening Your Mediation and Negotiation Skills

  • Center for Dispute Resolution (Kenneth Cloke), Mediation Training

  • Southern California Mediation Association, Elder Family Mediation Training

  • Elder Decisions: Adult Family Mediation Training


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles   J.D. awarded 1980

  • Admitted to the State Bar of California, 1980 (inactive status)

  • University of California, Santa Cruz   B.A. awarded 1976

We Can Help


Areas of Expertise: 

Elder Care Mediation / Family Meeting Facilitation

We’ve helped families like yours communicate about difficult topics. We structure the conversation in such a way that ensures everyone is heard and treated with respect. We bring family members together who 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. While family members may be represented by attorneys in mediation, Elder Resolution Partners consults with clients before lawyers get involved or court proceedings begin.

With or without attorneys present, we strive to promote open and honest dialogue among family members in order to resolve disputes.

Use or Division of Family 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. Elder Resolution Partners helps families explore their options, work collaboratively through their needs and concerns, and reach agreements. Mediation and meeting facilitation can prevent depletion of assets by enabling families to resolve disagreements in a private, confidential and comfortable setting.

Rest-of-Life Planning™

People often talk about “end of life planning” as a polite way of referring to decisions that might have to be made in the hours or minutes before death.  We help guide your family through a discussion about the twists and turns life may bring and empower you to be the architect for the rest of your life. Through our structured meeting process, we help you and your family explore options, discuss philosophical differences, work through difficult subjects, and achieve clarity in order to avoid family conflict.  

Communication Coaching

Simple communication can prove elusive when you’re embroiled in a family dispute. We are highly skilled communication coaches who help individuals, couples, families and teams improve and enhance their communication methods. And we’re 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 Mediation

Being in business with family members doesn't guarantee there won't be conflict about day-to-day operations or important company decisions. There often are bumps in the road, where facilitated conversations can help iron out issues and prevent business conflict from spilling over into family relationships.

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Family Stories

At one time, they weren’t talking to each other. There was only bitterness, anger and a reluctance to confront their issues. It took the intervention and mediation of respected professionals to bring them together, to start a dialogue and take those first, small steps towards resolution. Since resolving major differences, these families now feel free to share their stories with us and for that we are grateful.



“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


We’re Here For You


Let’s talk.

Elder Resolution Partners can help.

Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.


Our mailing Address

Elder Resolution Partners, LLC
P. O. Box 1586
Arcadia, CA 91007

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