The mediation process

Mediation is a method of amicable dispute resolution, conducted by one or more mediators whose task is to help the opposite sides to self-determine, that means. to resolve the problem(s) by themselves. To this end, the mediators will create a framework that allows the parties to communicate about their dispute in a secure and confidential manner. The mediators will assist the parties so that they address all issues of their dispute and come up with innovative, tailored and individualised solutions. The mediation process respects precise deontological rules and in particular strict confidentiality. Everything that is said or exchanged (words, documents, etc.) during the sessions is covered by the privacy of the mediation so that everyone can express themselves freely, without fear that elements may later be used against them.

The mediation process is available to the parties and the mediators. This means that all must participate actively in its effectiveness. The mediation sessions are organised by agreement between all those involved, either in individual sessions with the mediators or in plenary sessions with all those involved and the mediators. The persons concerned can also decide together who will participate in the mediation, for example: their counsel/lawyer, relatives, witnesses, experts in specific disciplines…The pace, duration and location of the sessions are chosen by the litigants and the mediators. Adjustments on the organisation of the mediation are always possible during the process.

The flexibility, speed, increased role of the persons concerned, confidentiality, limitation of costs compared to a judicial procedure, but above all, the quest of a solution accepted and understood by all the participants, make mediation a strategic and reliable choice to consider the future in inheritance matters.

Solving your dispute through co-mediation

Géraldine Chapus-Rapin and Antoine Eigenmann have been practising together for over a decade. More recently, they decided to offer a joint mediation service in complicated inheritance cases, considering the number of participants and the patrimonial, business, social and human issues.

Together, they target the difficulties to be overcome and accompany the participants in the quest of solutions that take account of all the factors involved.

Thanks to the intervention of two mediators, each of the participants is taken in to consideration in all their concerns and needs and nothing is left out. The reflection that involves seeking an individualized, long-term and multifactorial solution is improved and conducive in the long term.

Géraldine Chapus-Rapin et Antoine Eigenmann