Article, co-authored with Mitzi Perdue, on the importance of Advance Directives to prevent quarrels

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Many generally sensible, thoughtful, careful people cannot be sensible, thoughtful, or careful about planning for the end of their own lives. Some can’t do a simple will, let alone a comprehensive estate plan. Others can face the “money” part: they can create wills, trusts, and other vehicles to preserve wealth. (We will leave for another […]


April 2 is Reconciliation Day!

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Patience. Persistence. Optimism.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Patience. Persistence. Optimism.   Commentators in the field of mediation – both academics and practitioners – often cite these as the top three qualities a mediator needs to be successful.   So, how to get them? It’s both nature and nurture.   Nature: we choose this path because it is a good fit for us […]


Institute for Family Governance (IFG) conference

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Earlier this month I attended the second annual Institute for Family Governance (IFG) conference in New York City.  This year’s theme was “Governance From Strategy to Execution: Integrating Consulting, Financial, & Legal Advice”. As was true last year, at the inaugural conference, I appreciated the opportunity to hear and consider a variety of perspectives on […]


Radio interview with Ira Bryck

Monday, January 8th, 2018

  Please enjoy this interview conducted by Ira Bryck, President, Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, Inc. Ira interviewed Richard Lutringer and me about mediation in family businesses. The interview was broadcast on the “Western Massachusetts Business Show” on January 6, 2018. We discussed how mediation and facilitated family meetings can help families and their […]


Dovetail and New Year’s Resolutions

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

All year long, my work with Dovetail Resolutions is devoted to helping intergenerational families and their businesses make and keep resolutions.   Resolutions that reflect a determination to take concrete steps to create and execute a plan. Resolutions to conflicts that are damaging families, their businesses, and their wealth.   The New Year is a […]


Year’s End Resolutions – And Conflict Prevention

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

We tend to think of New Year’s Resolutions as forward-looking: commitments to change a habit or trait for the better.   How about Year’s End Resolutions? What has been sitting, oh-so-patiently, on the corner of your real or figurative desk, that needs to be finished up?   Perhaps the estate planning documents that you can’t […]


For One Day, No Demonizing

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

I am publishing this post just before Thanksgiving Day, a day that can present a potent mix of joy and aggravation.  Although these ideas are especially applicable on that day, they are worth considering for a day featuring a family event or any day at all.     In my work to prevent and resolve […]


Attorneys For Family-Held Enterprises (AFHE) presentation

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

I enjoyed the opportunity to present to the international Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises (AFHE) Mid-Year Conference in Cleveland, OH on November 10, 2017. Richard Lutringer and I talked about “Using Mediation Within the Family Enterprise to Bring Positive Change From Internal Conflict”. It was a great chance to discuss (because interactive presentations are my favorite […]


CTMA panel on mediation research

Monday, November 6th, 2017

It was a pleasure on November 2, 2017 to join fellow mediators and friends Peter Benner and Bill Logue at Quinnipiac Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution. Peter, Bill, and I were panelists at a Connecticut Mediation Association (CTMA) event, discussing a recent American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Task Force report. The report didn’t […]