Knowing what needs to be done is not the same as knowing how best to do it. Mediation provides an excellent forum whereby issues facing the business can be addressed constructively with internal and external stakeholders.
Challenges associated with farming can have consequences that go well beyond monetary considerations, and it is not unusual for the depth of feeling involved to compound problems rather than help them.
The mediators role is to facilitate good communications between the parties so that the best outcome that can be got is got.
The process can be as formal or informal as required and will not contravene or impact any legal aspect of guardianship or rights of inheritance.
Research shows significant numbers of participants reporting positive experiences and improved relationships.
Future-focussed outcomes, those which successfully address business concerns while also meeting the private needs of those involved in the process can be highly successful and sustainable.
They can also provide a template to meet other challenges down the road.