Family and Estate Mediation is a confidential dispute resolution process aimed at helped couples and families resolve legal issues. When we act as Mediators, we act as impartial third parties to help facilitate resolutions. As an Arbitrator, William Parker will make decisions when parties cannot.

As Mediators, wee provide general information to help those involved appreciate concerns, although we remain neutral in the process. This process often results in a resolution that parties adhere to and is often less expensive than more traditional options. For more information, please contact Mr. Parker’s assistant at 416-322-3370 ext 230.

The Collaborative Family Law Process is an out-of-court process for helping couples resolve disputes relating to separation and/or divorce. The process involves the parties directly at most every step, with most all communications taking place in the presence of the parties and counsel. Parties typically commit themselves to the Collaborative Family Law Process by agreeing not to proceed with other processes, such as litigation or arbitration, with the same counsel. Acting as your Collaborative Family Lawyers, we commit ourselves to help you obtain an acceptable resolution without resorting to litigation.

In the Collaborative Family Process, the parties are personally invested in a process in which there will be direct involvement and communications, with the assistance of counsel and other third party professionals (i.e. parenting co-ordinators, financial experts etc.), where needed. It is a more personal and direct approach to resolving disputes. It can achieve great results, while reducing emotional conflict and stress. Importantly, it more often leads to agreements which are respected in the future.

Failing a resolution at Mediation or the Collaborate Family Law Process, it is sometimes necessary to have a decision made. Mr. Parker of our firm is qualified to Arbitrate family law disputes in the Province of Ontario, having fulfilled the Ministry of the Attorney General’s requirements for family law arbitrators.

Recent Mediation/Collaborative Case

Mr. Parker met with co-Estate Trustees. They could not agree on certain aspects of the administration of their mother’s estate. Rather than warring in litigation and seeking the removal of both or one of them, they explored options with Mr. Parker, discussed various alternative courses of actions in the context of their fiduciary duties and reached an accord and proceeded with the administration. This was a much better result at one three hour conference than months of litigation and thousands of dollars in costs.