Mom left the cottage at the lake to me and my two siblings. It’s been five years since her death and we can’t agree on what to do about it. Mary, who lives in Chicago, wants it sold as she uses it rarely and could use the cash. John, a bachelor who lives in Massachusetts, is a workaholic who gets to the cottage a few times a season. He doesn’t want to pay 1/3 of the cost. My children and I use the cottage at least half of the summer and a few spring and fall weekends. What can we do?
Mediation is a safe place to talk about and resolve issues about jointly-owned property. There are many options for meeting the interests of all three siblings; only the family can design the solution that fits best.